Two teams of Delhi Police’s Special Cell have been sent to Kolkata and Hyderabad to recover the T20 league spot-fixing money and find more evidence against others involved in the racket, according to a CNN-IBN report quoting sources.
The spot fixing charges against three players of Rajasthan Royals — S SreeSanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila — have come as a huge blow on the face of the suave and glamorous format of the Gentleman’s game.
According to CNN-IBN, raids are likely to take place in a few places including Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
It has been reported that Sreesanth had received the money, which the bookies had promised him, before he was arrested.
While Chandila got Rs. 20 lakh, he had to return it to the bookies after he failed to give the signal as discussed with the bookies.
Chavan, however, was to receive Rs. 60 lakh but was arrested before he could get the money.
Some of the bookies will be taken to show their hideout and help police gain vital evidence, media reports said today.
Special Cell had told the court on Thursday that it needs to take some of the bookies to various locations to gather evidence and money, according to media reports.
Police have not ruled out that more arrests, including of players, could be made in the coming days.
The arrested players, including cricketer-turned bookie Amit Singh, have already been suspended by the BCCI.
The Indian board has called an emergency meeting of its working committee on Sunday.
Twenty20 League chief Rajiv Shukla broke his silence on Friday night saying the BCCI will take strict action against those found guilty.
Bookies confirmed that betting is at its peak in the short-format game’s current season.
Bookies said that timeouts are now used to gain crucial access to the players at a critical stage of the match. Information is either passed through a teammate or an acquaintance who makes eye-contact and gesticulates from the stands.
The short break is used to invite new bets, as punters get a fair idea of the match and are better placed to predict the outcome.
No sooner that the allegations have surfaced against the players that the police and other authorities concerned are pulling up their socks to nip the defaulters in the bud.
(The report could not be independently confirmed by HT)