Key bookie Ashwin Aggarwal alias Tinku Delhi has told the Mumbai crime branch that Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila had accepted money from more than one bookie. He also said that on a few occasions despite accepting money, Chandila did not keep his word.
Sources in the crime branch said Tinku got back at Chandila (as Chandila did not keep his word) during an alleged face-off with the arrested cricketer in Tihar jail recently. Both Tinku and Chandila were arrested in the same case of spot-fixing registered by the Delhi police.
Sources in the Mumbai crime branch, which is investigating a betting case, said so far Tinku has not given any new leads but they are further questioning him.
Tinku told the police he had met a few more cricketers apart from Chandila and the crime branch is ascertaining if anyone is linked to betting or spot-fixing.
Sources said Tinku through one Sunil Bhatia met a few cricketers and also offered them money. The crime branch, which has seized a laptop and other documents belonging to cricketer S Sreesanth from a hotel at Bandra-Kurla complex, are further questioning Tinku on this front.
Crime branch would, after questioning Tinku, decide on whether Sreesanth would be made an accused in the case registered in Mumbai, sources said.
Sources said Tinku is the link in both cases registered in Mumbai and Delhi. Tinku was in touch with bookies Ramesh Vyas and sub-bookie Vindoo Dara Singh (both arrested by Mumbai crime branch) for their role in the betting case, sources said adding that Tinku was also in touch with Sreesanth in the spot-fixing case registered by the Delhi police.
As per the police case, Tinku was also the facilitator of calls between bookies in India, Pakistan and Dubai and is linked to many key bookies operating from outside India. Tinku has given details of the Pakistani bookies he was in touch with to the Mumbai crime branch.
As per sources, Tinku’s questioning is crucial for the case as it would give them further direction in the case and crime branch will be ascertaining if any cricketer or important person linked to cricket are connected to their case.