Just back from an Interpol meeting in Athens, cbi director R.K. Raghavan seemed happy that there his agency's report on match-fixing has been generally accepted. In his first interview after the submission of the cbi report to Outlook, Raghavan hopes the findings have a salutary effect on the game. Excerpts:
There has been lot of talk of Kapil Dev's name being dropped from the report. Was there any political interference or any influential lobby which pressurised the cbi to omit his name?
Not at all. The question does not arise. We talked to cricketers and bookies on his conduct but just did not have corroborative evidence to name him. But I believe an income-tax probe is on. As the cbi director, I maintained absolute impartiality and propriety demanded that I meet no cricketer during the investigation and will not do so as long as I am in office.
The bcci chief, A.C. Muthiah, has been quick to react and says he will contest the findings on the functioning of the bcci. What is your reaction to that?
I do not want to get into this. I am happy at least that the bcci has been fast to react and appointed former cbi joint director K. Madhavan to examine our probe on the players.
Even the icc sent a two-member team soon after the report was submitted. People are taking the report seriously.
Critics say that the cbi report has no concrete proof of players' involvement in match-fixing and that it is largely based on testimonies.
If at all there is a misunderstanding about the report, it is because there is a lack of understanding of the difference between an investigation and an inquiry. In an inquiry, like this one, there is a preponderance of probability, not conclusive proof. This distinction should be understood. Moreover, we sought Justice Mukherjee's comments. He is the last word on...