IPL match-fixing scam: HC quashes charge memo against IPS officer

Chennai: IPS officer G Sampath Kumar was allegedly involved in match-fixing scam and betting during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL), and was issued a charge memo levelling eight charges in 11 September 2015. Yesterday the Madras High Court quashed the memo issued to him.

The officer had submitted a petition seeking to quash the memo and the bench comprising justices K K Sasidharan and P T Asha allowed it. Kumar in his affidavit said he was conferred IPS in 2009. During his stint as the Superintendent of Police, Q Branch CID (Internal Security), he was investigating a fake passport racket case and subsequently unearthed a wide network of bookies at the time. The case was transferred to the CB-CID and false charges of extortion of money were levelled against him, he added in his affidavit.

In 2015, Kumar had submitted a plea challenging the memo but it was dismissed by the CATand thus he approached the high court.

The court upheld case pointing out that the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) primarily on the ground that the competent authorities had failed to obtain mandatory prior sanction from the State home ministry.

The government however had the liberty to proceed afresh after obtaining appropriate sanction from the home ministry, said the court.