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IPL spot-fixing: Dawood the mastermind, says Delhi Police chargesheet

New Delhi: Two months after the arrest of the three IPL players, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has now filed a chargesheet in the IPL spot-fixing case. The 5,000-page document claims that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel were running the betting and spot-fixing scam.

The Delhi Police's dramatic arrest of the three players including test discard S Sreesanth established what was only spoken in whispers so far that spot-fixing in IPL is real. The Delhi Police claimed that, reading out transcripts of conversations between bookies and players.

The chargesheet filed on Tuesday says that Dawood Ibramhim is the fountainhead of the entire betting syndicate which spot-fixes the IPL games and that he operates through his operative Javed Chuttani based in Dubai. The chargesheet says that D-Company's India contact was through bookies Tinku Mandi and Ramesh Vyas.

Tinku Mandi alias Ashwini Agarwal is named as the accused number one. Sreesanth is accused number 10 in the chargesheet. His role is defined as one of the three players who actually committed spot-fixing.

Another arrested player, Ajit Chandila, is accused as the player who not only spot-fixed for the bookies but also helped them recruit other players.

It was Dawood Ibrahim's phone call to his man in Dubai that first brought the entire racket to the fore. The Delhi Police say that the Dawood and Chhota Shakeel syndicate is also responsible for keeping discipline in this illegal fixing-betting market by ensuring that commitments are honoured by criminal intimidation and muscle power.

For now though, the challenge before the Delhi Police is to ensure that these stringent MCOCA charges can be sustained in the court of law.

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