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New PSL Spot-Fixing Controversy Has Risen as Court asks FIA to Open Probe

A banking court has requested the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch an inquiry against an investigation officer (IO) for conducting a biased investigation into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.

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In a written order dispatched on Saturday, the court told the agency to take action against IO Farid Ahmed Khan after concluding the inquiry in a month’s time.

A couple of days back, the court had denied the charge-sheet submitted by Khan with regard to the case that emerged in February during the fifth season of the unconcluded PSL event of 2020.

The court had said that the IO had earlier claimed that there was substantial evidence against one of the accused Muhammad Faisal alias Chitta but he later retracted that statement, giving the accused a clean-chit while also requesting the court to remove his name from the FIR.

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The FIA on February 27 summoned three individuals directly believed to be associated with an international mafia involved in match fixing, money laundering and terror financing.

The accused individuals alongside their allies mostly based in other countries and an international racket were engaged in defaming and sabotaging the fifth season of the PSL, a franchise twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015.

The FIA had initially arrested Mahendar Kumar, Naresh Kumar alias KG and Naresh Kumar alias Jani in an inquiry of the FIA Commercial Banking Circle (CBC) on allegations of keeping benami accounts, money laundering, and parallel banking practices.

The agency had also apprehended Muhammad Faisal alias Chitta, Ahmed Armaghan, Hanif Shaikh and Muhammad. These accused are still in custody while some other accused – Jabbar Amin, Aftab Ahmed alias Atif Dollar, Waqas alias Prince, Talha Siddiqui and Noman Ali – have been granted bail.

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