The BCCI snooping case takes a new turn as it has been revealed that the UK firm, which was hired by N Srinivasan to spy on board officials, was paid $900,000 for the job.

This development comes days after media reports that alleged Srinivasan paid Rs.14 crore of the Indian cricket board's money to spy on other members of the BCCI.

According to reports, the 70-year-old ICC chairman allegedly used BCCI funds to pay a London-based private agency to tap the phones of board officials and hack their e-mails.

It is learnt that an official probe into the matter, headed by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, will soon be launched. The board will investigate why the former BCCI chief allegedly snooped on its members and who authorized the hefty sum that was being spent for this purpose.

The Indian cricket board is expected to meet for its first working committee meeting under the new President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday to discuss the appointment of next India coach, CSK's low de-merger valuation of Rs.5 lakh and Neeraj Kumar's appointment as the ACU's chief consultant, apart from the latest allegations.

Srinivasan-owned India Cements are already in the dock over their claim that the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are worth just Rs.5 lakh. However, the IPL Governing Council has refused to accept this valuation and has not ratified the sale of the team.

"There are a lot of grey areas in the valuation of CSK. The matter will certainly come up for discussion at the Working Committee meeting in Kolkata on April 26. We will get clearer picture about it after the WC meeting," an IPL governing council member had said.


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