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Shukla slams critics after IPL is accused as front for money laundering

Former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi recently alleged that IPL is a platform for money laundering

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Priety Zinta, IPL Chairperson Rajiv Shukla, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary pose for a photograph during a press conference at the side line of the IPL auction 2018. Photo: PTI
Kings XI Punjab co-owner Priety Zinta, IPL Chairperson Rajiv Shukla, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary pose for a photograph during a press conference at the side line of the IPL auction 2018. Photo: PTI

IPL Chairman on Sunday said he is not bothered if critics speak ill about the League when viewership and revenue from the event are increasing steadily.

Former India captain recently alleged that IPL is a platform for and questioned the source of big bucks being spent during the IPL auction.

"Let them (including Bedi) say whatever they want. Every year, eyeballs for IPL is increasing. Viewership is going up and revenues are increasing," he told reporters on the sidelines of the second day of the IPL actions.

Shukla said Bedi should remember many former Indian players have benefitted from it.

"If you remember, all our former players benefited from the IPL. They have been given one-time benefit. They all have taken that. Bedi should remember this."

Chairman and CEO Ranjit Barthakur said one should be careful about making statements in public.

"India is very liberal with freedom of speech. I just think we must also be responsible when we speak and not gain eyeballs," Barthakur said.

"We will continue to respect him but we do not want to see him make such statements," he said.

First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 17:31 IST
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