Mr. Sampat Kumar: Retired IPS G Sampath Kumar of Tamil Nadu has got a big relief from the Supreme Court. The country’s top court has put an interim stay on the Madras High Court’s order to imprison Sampath Kumar for 15 days. Actually, former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has filed a contempt petition against Sampath. The court has also sought reply from Dhoni against this petition. The next hearing on this matter is going to be held in March.
G Sampat Kumar had accused Mahendra Singh Dhoni of fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After this, the case was heard in the Madras High Court, where while replying to the defamation case, Sampath made contemptuous comments about the Supreme Court. He did not even express regret for his statement. After this the High Court sentenced him to 15 days. However, now this punishment has been put on hold and the danger of Sampat Kumar going to jail has been averted.
The defamation case was worth Rs 100 crore.
IPL team Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had filed a defamation suit of Rs 100 crore against Sampath Kumar, working in the CID department of Tamil Nadu Police, and a television channel for leveling match-fixing allegations in 2014. Both these people had taken Dhoni’s name in the IPL fixing case.
Dhoni later filed a contempt petition against the IPS officer. During this, he cited the derogatory comments made by the IPS officer against the Supreme Court and Madras High Court. G Sampat Kumar retired in May last year.
Accused of taking money from bookies
Sampath Kumar also conducted the initial investigation into the 2013 IPL betting case. However, he was later removed from the case. He was also accused of taking bribe from some bookies and releasing the accused. Then in 2019, a trial court acquitted him of the charges. Sampat Kumar said that he was framed to prevent him from disclosing the fixing case.
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