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IPL: RR owner Raj Kundra's passport confiscated by Delhi Police

Parikshit Luthra | Updated: June 6, 2013, 9:48 AM IST

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra has been allowed to leave for Mumbai but only after surrendering his passport to the Delhi Police, according to sources. Sources say Kundra has been asked not to leave the country. He has not been given a clean chit just yet after being questioned for hours in connection with the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal on Wednesday.

Raj Kundra's friend Umesh Goenka on the other hand is likely to be questioned again by the Delhi Police special cell on Thursday. Goenka, according to police, is Kundra's friend and business partner.

Raj Kundra was questioned for almost 12 hours by the Delhi Police's Special Cell on Wednesday. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the police found some of Kundra's answers to be inconsistent. Officers have declined to officially state what Kundra is being questioned for. Kundra may be questioned again.

Sources have also said that Kundra has claimed that often players invited bookies as personal guests. Late on Wednesday night Raj Kundra 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 tweeted.

The special cell also quizzed Raj Kundra's friend Umesh Goenka. It was the arrest of 3 Rajasthan Royal on spot-fixing charges that first exposed the spot-fixing scandal.

Kundra is the first person to be questioned after Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was invoked in the case on Tuesday. According to CNN-IBN sources, the Delhi Police is trying to find out the functioning of the franchise.

The police wanted to know from Kundra that whether his players had discussed anything about the bookies in touch with them or given him any hint about fixings. Delhi Police, said sources, asked Kundra about the ownership patterns of Rajasthan Royals. Kundra was also asked if it wasn't his responsibility to ensure the directions of the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI were adhered to.

MCOCA is one of the most stringent laws. It provides for any confession made in front of the DCP in Delhi or the SP in any other state to be accepted as evidence. Charges under MCOCA are non-bailable. The police can get custody of the accused of up to 30 days under this charge.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sreesanth was denied bail after the Delhi Police said tough charges would apply against 26 accused under the MCOCA. The police said that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who reportedly lives in Pakistan, and his associate Chotta Shakeel controlled the betting and also declared them accused.

First Published: June 6, 2013, 9:48 AM IST

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