Anything for cricket,even muscle power

Every time the Karnataka State Cricket Association hosts a match,it finds elected representatives and government officials demanding more passes than the ground capacity can allow

Written by Johnson T A | Published:April 20, 2012 3:16 am

This Week Karnataka:

Every time the Karnataka State Cricket Association hosts a match,it finds elected representatives and government officials demanding more passes than the ground capacity can allow. Two years ago,ahead of the IPL,the Bangalore police suddenly threatened they would not provide security in what was widely seen as an attempt at arm-twisting the cricket association into shelling out more free passes to the police top brass. Last year,MLAs demanded that a committee be set up to go into the affairs of the association; this was after a demand for a minimum of two passes each for all 300 legislators for an India-England match. And this year,Bangalore councilors are demanding 350 IPL passes,threatening otherwise to cut off essential services to the stadium. Former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde feels this demand is fit for a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. “If I was Lokayukta,I would have pressed for a case against the councillors,” he says.

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