Chennai, May 19: Rajasthan Royals will file a criminal complaint against its three cricketers arrested for spot-fixing even as a rattled BCCI said it would follow the rulebook before handing down punishment to the tainted trio, while unveiling measures to check corruption in the IPL.
Addressing a crowded press conference after an emergent meeting of the Board's Working Committee, BCCI President N Srinivasan promised to tackle strongest possible action against the players if they are found guilty.
The BCCI appointed its anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani as the commissioner of inquiry and has told him to file his report "as soon as possible".
"We also invited the Rajasthan Royals owners and management to attend the meeting and brief the Working Committee on this incident. We were informed that they intend to file a police complaint against the three players," Srinivasan said.
"Everybody is innocent till proven guilty. The BCCI will not cover up for anybody but our actions must be fair. We will go through the process. If somebody is found guilty, we will act sternly," he added.
"It (the inquiry) will be done very quickly, it is an internal inquiry, we might need some information from the police. Rest is upto Mr Sawani but it will be quickly done. We have to observe all channels of natural justice. We have rules and BCCI's own system," he stressed.
The IPL was dealt a massive blow when a special cell of the Delhi police arrested India pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- on Thursday for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad.
In a bid to check corruption, the BCCI chief said the Board will appoint anti-corruption officer with each of the IPL franchises along with a security officer to monitor players' movement.
He also said that the players' agents will now be accredited by the Board.
"The Working Committee decided henceforth all player agents have to be accredited by the BCCI. There will be an ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) official appointed with each team along with a security officer," he said.
"Access to the players would be monitored. The head of ICC ACSU will give a note recommending steps to the BCCI to deal with it," he added.
Srinivasan said the Board did not have resources to tackle bookies and they could only monitor the players.
"It was explained to us that we can control the players to some extent but not being law enforcers, we are handicapped when it comes to control over bookies. A detailed memorandum was given to me to further strengthen the vigilance and monitoring the players in such tournaments," he said.
Rajasthan Royals were represented by co-owner Manoj Badale. Besides, IPL Governing Council member Ravi Shastri and BCCI Technical Committee head Anil Kumble also participated in the meeting. Kumble joined in via video conferencing.
"The Working Committee was briefed about all the steps that have been taken by ACSU to educate all the players of all the teams prior to the tournament," said Srinivasan.
"They (the ACSU) had also given them examples of how corruption has taken place in the past and obtained the consent of the players that they understood what has been shared with them," he added.
The players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, have been charged under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
The Board has also suspended first-class cricketer Amit Singh, who is allegedly a bookmaker now and was arrested along with 10 other bookies on May 16.
Srinivasan also dismissed suggestions that the Board did not crack down on corruption despite getting warnings from the ICC.
"The ICC ACSU confirmed today that they had not informed us of anything. That information is incorrect," he said.
Claiming that the Board has not received any information from the Delhi Police on the matter, Srinivasan said they would seek it during the course of the internal inquiry.
"We have to go by the rules applicable to players. We have also requested the police to provide information to complete our inquiry. We have also offered Delhi Police all our assistance in this regard," he said.
"If players are found guilty we won't hesitate to act ruthlessly."
Srinivasan said the Board was not authorised to lodge a complaint against the players as they were contracted with the Rajasthan Royals.
"We are advised the BCCI by itself cannot lodge an FIR. The franchise will do. We will go by the report of the disciplinary committee," he said.
The Board chief also said that the Delhi Police has not informed them about the involvement of players other than the ones who have been arrested.
"It's a question of three players who are alleged to have committed something wrong by doing spot-fixing. As far as BCCI is concerned we will go by report of inquiry commission. We will not hesitate to act but we can act only against people who are guilty.
"We have engaged the services of ICC ACSU, they are monitoring the tournament. We don't have the resources to have professionals," he said.
Srinivasan said the players' education system for tackling corruption would be strengthened.
"We already have rules and regulations. The ICC ACSU is incharge of monitoring. Before the start of the season, they have educated all the players about dos and don'ts. It is not as if nothing has been done," he said.