IPL spot-fixing: No foreign players involved, says Delhi Police chief

  • Updated: May 24, 2013, 9:08 AM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has made it clear that no foreign player is involved in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. "No foreign player's name has come up in our investigation," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said. He said 12 bookies and three players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - have been arrested so far in the case.

The custody of former Ranji player Manish Gudheva and two bookies Sunil Bhatia and Kiran Dole also expires on Friday. The Delhi Police will produce them in court on Friday afternoon. The police may seek a few more days of custody as it is an ongoing investigation and they are still in the process of confronting these fresh arrests with the earlier ones.

Bookie Sunil Bhatia has, sources say, given out key information regarding his links with Ajit Chandila and other Ranji player Baburao Yadav. He has also reportedly revealed details of how payments had been made to some players helping the police establish a money trail.

Earlier on Thursday, the Delhi Police claimed cricketer Ajit Chandila had taken Rs 12 lakh as advance to spot-fix a game in IPL 5. However, he couldn't carry it out and returned the amount through three cheques, two of which bounced and one was encashed. The police have now seized the bounced cheques. But while the case against Chandila seems to be progressing, it's the one against Sreesanth which will be their real test.

Meanwhile, the expected turf battle between the Delhi and Mumbai Police began in earnest. The Delhi Police wrote to their Mumbai counterparts asking that evidence collected from Sreesanth's hotel room be handed over. The Mumbai Police, however, declined, saying it was part of their probe in the arrest of bookie Ramesh Vyas.

Earlier Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar also confirmed that more teams apart from Rajasthan Royals are being probed. Speaking to CNN-IBN's sister channel IBN7, Neeraj Kumar said the police are working on leads in connection with the involvement of other teams.

When asked which teams are under the radar, Neeraj Kumar said, "We don't want to reveal the names as it will affect our investigation. But we have some leads and we are working on that. We may or may not be successful."

(With additional information from PTI)

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