IPL spot-fixing: BCCI team likely to meet Delhi Police chief

Updated: May 20, 2013, 11:07 AM IST
IPL spot-fixing: BCCI team likely to meet Delhi Police chief

New Delhi: BCCI officials are expected to meet Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday over the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, according to sources. This comes as the role of other cricketers is also coming to light in the case.

On Sunday, former Ranji Trophy player Manish Gundevar was arrested and the Delhi Police is now on the lookout for a sixth cricketer - Ranji Trophy player Babu Rao Yadav. The police say he is a former railways player.

Meanwhile, the arrested Rajasthan Royals cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - are being interrogated for the fourth day on Monday along with the bookies. Their five-day custody ends on Tuesday.

Sreesanth's lawyer is likely to apply for bail on Monday. The police are also giving out more details on Ajit Chandila's role saying he was allegedly in touch with four sets of bookies.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Commissioner has admitted to lapses in the investigation. "We were in a hurry to arrest the accused in Mumbai and bring them to Delhi, so we were unable to do a lot of the work that we were supposed to," Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar said.

Details also emerged on how S Sreesanth was arrested. Sreesanth's car was intercepted by the officers of the special cell at Carter Road in Mumbai. He was physically moved to the police vehicle, but the cricketer apparently threw his phone at police and threatened to call top politicians. But when he met other bookies and Jiju, he lost all his confidence.

Sources have also indicated that the bookies used the underworld to threaten the players to fall in line. In fact they used the name of the top men of the D company to threaten Chandila when he failed to do as promised. The involvement of the underworld, bookies and more and more players clearly points toward a much more murky plot than what it was early thought to be.

First Published: May 20, 2013, 11:07 AM IST

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