The Delhi Police on Thursday announced a reward of Rs 25, 000 for information to help nab former cricketer Jacob Martin for his alleged involvement in human trafficking.
Jacob Joseph Martin, born in Gujarat on May 11, 1972, was a right-handed middle-order batsman. Martin has played 10 times for India at One Day International level, but not in Test cricket.
He mostly played for Baroda except during 2002-2003 when he represented the Railways. He also led the Baroda team on a regular basis till some time back and won the Ranji Trophy in 2000-2001.
The police stumbled upon Martin after a case was registered at the IGI Airport against Nimesh Kumar, who was found travelling on fake passport. “On questioning, Kumar disclosed that an agent Rajender Bhiku Bhai Patel arranged his journey with the help Jacob Martin and one Janak Lal Bhogi Raj Pancholi. He gave Rs 7 lakh for it. Martin prepared a bogus cricket team in the name of Ajwa Sports Club Vadodra, Gujarat. Kumar was also a member of the said team. Despite repeated directions from court, Martin has not joined the investigation and has been absconding. A reward of Rs 25, 000 for his arrest has been announced,” said RA Sanjeev, deputy commissioner of police (IGIA).
On January 3, Rajender Bhai Patel was arrested. Patel disclosed that he received only Rs 25,000 as commission and Rs 6,75,000 was given to Martin who arranged the journey.
Janak Lal Bhogi Raj Pancholi, a resident of the UK who helped Martin arrange the whole journey of the team, has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case.
“Martin had filed an application for anticipatory bail on February 1, and was directed by court to join the probe immediately. He, however, has not joined the investigation despite repeated orders,” he added.