IPL spot-fixing: Arrested cricketers to be produced in court today

New Delhi: More revelations continue to surface in the IPL spot-fixing scandal even as the three arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - are set to be produced in court later on Tuesday. The Delhi Police has recovered Rs 20 lakh from Ajit Chandela's home while the Mumbai Police has found pictures of Sreesanth with a known bookie. They have also established links between the arrested bookies and Pakistan operatives.

The intense competitiveness between Delhi and Mumbai police in the ongoing probe is throwing up key results. On Monday, the Delhi Police recovered Rs 20 lakh from the house of Ajit Chandila's relative and that Chandila accompanied the raiding team and pointed out the cash kept in his kit, makes it a key linking evidence against him. In Mumbai, police managed to find leads against Sreesanth, recovering pictures of him with known bookie Jupiter and evidence of several deleted email conversations believed to be between the arrested conduit Jiju Janardhan and Sreesanth.

Interestingly, the analysis of Sreesanth's laptop has also revealed his interactions with a casting director, who had mailed him several pictures of models, as well as a folder containing numbers with code names to each. The police also now have evidence that Sreesanth sent a car to get a person picked from the international airport, believed to be Jupiter.

The Mumbai Police also established key links of arrested bookies with Pakistan based operatives. At least 30 such Pakistani links have been established so far. The questioning of alleged ring leader Ramesh Vyas has now led to the identification of at least 15 more bookies who are now being hunted. In Delhi, the BCCI formally joined the probe as its anti-corruption wing chief Ravi Sawani met Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar.

"We are conducting a separate probe. Rajasthan Royals is the most affected team and they have sent a complaint to the police, which will be a part of their FIR," Sawani said.

Meanwhile in Delhi, a third first class cricketer was detained by police for questioning. Officers identified him as Railways player Baburao Yadav. The Delhi Police also recorded voice samples of two of the arrested bookies and Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila. There is still no clarity on whether the police have Sreesanth's alleged conversations with bookies on tape.

The voice samples are a key evidence and will be sent to the forensic lab for matching with tapped phone conversations with the FSL report likely to be used as scientific evidence to establish the chain. However, the big question is whether the Delhi and Mumbai police can formally cooperate to share key linking evidence against the players in a case which is fast acquiring international ramifications.

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