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Indian media: Cricket corruption report

Mr Srinivasan is the head of the International Cricket Council Image copyright AP
Image caption Mr Srinivasan is the head of the International Cricket Council

Media in India are highlighting the findings of a panel tasked with investigating allegations of betting in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) cricket tournament.

The Supreme Court had asked the panel, headed by former judge Mukul Mudgal, to probe the allegations.

It submitted its findings to the court earlier this month, but they were made public only on Monday.

In April, the court had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to appoint a panel to investigate the charges against 12 individuals, including players and officials.

The panel investigated former cricket boss N Srinivasan, Chennai Super Kings team's official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra.

The court had asked Mr Srinivasan to "step aside" from his post until the findings were submitted.

It has now exonerated Mr Srinivasan from betting charges, making it possible for him to be re-elected as the chief of the cricket board.

The panel, however, found that Mr Meiyappan, Mr Srinivasan's son-in-law, and Mr Kundra's had placed bets on IPL matches, the Hindustan Times reports.

Betting is illegal in India.

Mr Srinivasan, who is also the chief of the International Cricket Council, said he would like to wait for the court's verdict before commenting on the panel's report.

"It's up to people to interpret the findings, I would much rather wait for the Supreme Court verdict to commit to a comment," he said.

The IPL is considered to be the world's showcase for Twenty20 cricket. Top Indian and international players take part, contributing to what is the world's richest cricket tournament.

But the arrest of three top players, including former Test player S Sreesanth, over spot-fixing allegations and betting in May last year had sparked national outrage against cricket administration in India.

Sreesanth and other players denied the allegations, and were released on bail in June.

Spot-fixing involves players bowling wides and no-balls at certain times arranged beforehand with bookmakers.

'Dramatic escape' foiled

Moving on to other stories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the Indian community in Australia to invest in India and help build a stronger country.

He was speaking to the community in Sydney after attending the G20 summit over the weekend.

"We did not get the opportunity to die for the nation or spend our youth in jail [during India's freedom struggle]. But we can surely live for the nation," he said.

Mr Modi added that India would become a business-friendly country under his leadership.

And finally, officials on Monday foiled a "dramatic plan" by some juveniles to escape from a correction centre in Delhi.

They had managed to make a "big hole" in the wall of their room and were in the process of digging a tunnel to the main entrance, The Times of India reported.

The juveniles used to sing loud songs to drown the noise of digging and distract the guards.

"But when the guards heard them sing and make noise for a long time, they smelled a rat and asked the boys to open the door," the paper adds.

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