IPS officer Sampath Kumar refused relief in IPL bookies scam

The Madras High Court has refused to quash the proceedings against suspended IPS officer Sampath Kumar on charges of allegedly collecting bribe to let off some of the persons involved in the sensational Indian Premier League (IPL) bookies scam.
IPS officer Sampath Kumar  refused relief in IPL bookies scam
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Justice G Jayachandran on dismissing the IPS officer’s plea, said, “Few infractions or commissions in the process of investigation will not vitiate the entire proceedings to quash the same. 
The process of trial court cannot be curtailed citing trivial lapse or omission. It is always open to the petitioner to put forth the same during trial. Therefore, this court dismisses the petition and directs the trial court to take up the trial at the earliest and conclude it within 6 months.” 
Sampath Kumar was arrayed as fourth accused on the premise that he while discharging his duty as SP of Q Branch CID, Chennai, has abused his official position and involved in extortion of money through Mahender Singh Ranka and his associates S.Nemichand and Hirakumar Jambar. The prosecution had contended that the IPS officer had  collected Rs 1.35 Crore from Gouthamchand Nimani, Mahavirchand, and Pappu alias Kutty under the threat of prosecution in IPL betting case. 
The judge in his order also held “In this case material evidence reveals that on the alleged date the petitioner has deposited Rs 15 lakh in his account and drawn a DD in favour of one Srimathi Thirumagal of Trichy. The sanction order for prosecution was already obtained from DGP. The sanction order speaks about all these materials which are incriminating against the petitioner and which disclosed prima facie evidence for prosecuting.

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