IPL: Goenka claims he was beaten up, forced to speak against Raj Kundra

Updated: June 12, 2013, 3:42 PM IST
IPL: Goenka claims he was beaten up, forced to speak against Raj Kundra

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra's aide Umesh Goenka who confessed about betting has moved the Sessions Court saying that the statement that he had given in front of the Magistrate was given under duress. Goenka claims that he was beaten up and forced to write the statement.

The court has asked the Delhi Police's special cell to file a reply by Friday.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had earlier said that actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, one of Rajasthan Royals co-owners, admitted to betting in the IPL. Sources had said that Kundra's friend Umesh Goenka had revealed that Shilpa is also involved in betting.

The sources had said that Goenka in his statement under Section 164 of the CRPC said that Shilpa asked him to bet in a particular match. Goenka also mentioned that Kundra would place bets through him in IPL matches. The sources had said that the statements given by Goenka can be used as evidence. Questioning of Shilpa Shetty also has not been ruled out, but the Delhi Police had claimed that they are verifying Goenka's statement.

The police sources, however, had said that they still don't have enough evidence to make arrests. Neeraj Kumar had said, "Kundra was called because we got to know he was involved in betting. Kundra had admitted that he was into betting."

Kumar had added that Kundra even placed bets on matches of his own team - Rajasthan Royals through Goenka, who the police described as a bookie. The police also had said that Kundra suffered huge losses due to betting.

Sources had said that Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi told police that Goenka used to ask players for specific information during the IPL. When asked whether Siddharth Trivedi was involved in betting, Neeraj Kumar had said, "Siddarth Trivedi only gave us the information. He was not into betting."

Late on Wednesday night Raj Kundra had tweeted where he lashed out at the media and claimed that he was merely helping the Delhi Police. "Just for the media who spent a full day outside crime branch and didn't get a byte. My visit to crime branch was to help them in the case," Kundra had tweeted.

First Published: June 12, 2013, 3:42 PM IST

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