Indian media: Spot-fixing investigation

Indian cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth
Image caption S Sreesanth is one of the three cricketers arrested over spot-fixing allegations in the Indian Premier League

Spot-fixing allegations in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament continue to make headlines in India.

The Indian Express reports that three more Indian players are "under scrutiny" as the Delhi police continue to question the Rajasthan Royals' S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

"We are looking at other teams and other players as well, and specifically at three Indian players from one team," Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar told the paper.

Meanwhile, Zee News reports that police in Calcutta have arrested nine bookmakers from the city for placing bets on IPL matches.

Braving the controversies, the Rajasthan Royals put up a valiant show against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night to stay alive in the title hunt, reports The Times of India.

'Report card'

Moving on to politics, the Congress party-led coalition government on Tuesday presented what it called a "report on the inclusive growth" that India has seen during the past nine years of its rule.

But most newspapers have mixed feelings over the performance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

"Inflation is written in red ink in UPA's report card," reads The Times of India headline.

"The second tenure of the UPA coalition has witnessed a sharp slowdown in growth, stubborn prices, high interest rates and faltering business confidence," the The Times of India says in another report.

The Deccan Herald, in an editorial, says the "disgust over its [the UPA's] corruption-ridden and inept governance, especially over the last four years, is intense and widespread".

On foreign policy, The Pioneer suggests that "Delhi has ruined solid friendships with countries such as Sri Lanka and the Maldives through a series of diplomatic blunders".

The paper, however, adds that "it will be churlish to insist that there is nothing which the government did right in the last four years". It praises the government for bringing in tough laws that provide harsher punishment for sex offenders.

Meanwhile, The Indian Express reports that the Delhi high court has ordered Bollywood actor Shayan Munshi to be tried for perjury for allegedly giving contradictory statements during the Jessica Lal murder trial.

Ms Lal, who worked as a model in the national capital, Delhi, was killed by Manu Sharma, the son of an influential Indian politician, in 1999 for refusing to serve him a drink at a restaurant.

Police vs police

Indian news channels, including Times Now, have carried shocking footage of two policemen in Uttar Pradesh state attacking each other with sticks as the chief minister of the state addressed a meeting nearby.

"The two policemen bled profusely following their clash in the presence of media persons at the venue of an entrepreneurs' conclave addressed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav," the Hindustan Times reported.

Finally, on a lighter note, The Times of India says Sreesanth fits the bill for a place in Bigg Boss - India's version of the television show Big Brother.

The paper says Sreesanth is "controversial, can be loud and angry, can cry in public and most importantly has managed to destroy his reputation".

These qualities make him a strong contender for a place in the Bigg Boss house in the next season, it adds.

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