IPL spot-fixing: More teams involved, says Delhi Police chief

  • Updated: May 23, 2013, 7:50 AM IST

New Delhi: As the Indian Premier League spot-fixing net widens, more shocking details are emerging. Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar has 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."

When asked whether the police could have arrested more cricketers, the Delhi Police chief said, "We were informed about only three players. So we gathered evidence against them. We decided to arrest them after they delivered their promises to the bookies. We had video footage of the three players."

Meanwhile in Mumbai, sources say arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh claimed he was placing bets on behalf of Bollywood celebrities and also Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan who is also BCCI President N Srinivasan's son-in-law. Though police maintained there is no evidence of it as of now, the obvious question that now gets asked is whether it was possible for Gurunath, a top functionary of the CSK, to use insider information and access to players for privileged and useful information under the circumstances. Yet, sources maintain the son-in-law of the BCCI chief is likely to be questioned.

Police sources say the Chennai number that Vindoo made repeated and incessant calls to, belongs to Gurunath Meiyappan. The police claim their suspicions stem from a pattern which suggests calls alternated with those made to bookies like Ramesh Vyas. Vindoo told interrogators he was the conduit between Gurunath and top bookies including Ramesh Vyas, Pavan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur with suspected links to the betting syndicate run by the D-company.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police claimed another spot-fixing was planned during the May 17 game, but it failed as the players got caught. The police also claimed they had established how bookies used Ajit Chandila as conduit to pay other players, besides establishing the exact amount he was paid.

Interestingly, the police also said arrested first class cricketer Baburao Yadav played in Bangladesh Premier League and spot-fixing was executed, involving a Bangladesh national cricketer. With four more days of questioning left, details may continue to tumble out.

Apart from Delhi and Mumbai, a probe is on in Kolkata too as the police arrested two bookies and detained nine others. They are alleged to have betted during Tuesday's match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians. Kolkata police is also investigating the possibility of a pan-India nexus. The arrested bookies will be produced at a court on Thursday.

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