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Former PM Manmohan Singh files Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan

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JAIPUR: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is the Congress candidate for by-polls to a Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan. He filed his nomination in state capital Jaipur on Tuesday.

Manmohan Singh, 86, was received at the airport by Sachin Pilot, the Deputy Chief Minister and Rajasthan Congress president.

The Congress is confident of the former PM making it to parliament from Rajasthan, where it scored a victory in state elections in December.

The party, with the support of its 100 MLAs, 12 independents and six MLAs of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, has the numbers to get Dr Singh through to the Rajya Sabha.

The BJP has not declared a candidate for the seat so far. The party has 73 MLAs in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly.

The by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat is being held after it fell vacant following the death of BJP chief Madan Lal Saini.

Dr Singh, who was prime minister for 10 years until his Congress-led UPA government was defeated by the BJP in 2004, was a Rajya Sabha member from Assam. But the Congress no longer has enough lawmakers to re-nominate him from the north-eastern state. His term ended in June.

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Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in prison

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Former Proteas batsman Gulam Body has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a match-fixing scandal, which rocked South African cricket in 2015.

The 40-year-old had pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption in 2018, admitting to being a link between players – mostly his teammates at the Lions – and bookies during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 competition.

Bodi, who played two ODIs and one T20I, was charged under the Act after being banned by Cricket South Arica for 20 years for his role in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 scandal. The CSA, however, said none of the fixtures were affected by fixing after the plans to fix matches were foiled.

He was initially banned from all cricket-related activities for 20 years, while the other players involved – Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile – also received suspensions which effectively ended their playing careers.

According to reports, the 40-year-old pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption relating to sporting activities, and begged the court for mercy after he was told he could be jailed for as many as 15 years. The sentencing was delayed on several occasions – at one point because his lawyer withdrew from the case due to Bodi’s lack of funds.

The report further said that according to court documents, Bodi had been approached by Indian “bookmakers” as early as 2014.

Bodi’s prison sentence is the highest sanction received by a South African sports personality in relation with match-fixing.

His scandal followed some 15 years after the high-profile one involving late former Proteas captain, Hansie Cronje, who was handed a life-long ban for his actions, but escaped criminal prosecution.

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