The Delhi Police’s special cell has finally begun investigating the money trail unearthed during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match fixing-cum-betting controversy.
According to senior police officers, the special cell has, through the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Interpol, recently despatched letters rogatory (LRs) to UK-based Betfair.com in addition to an arrest warrant against underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim as part of its continuing investigations into the case.
“Based on the interrogation of several punters and fixers arrested during the operation, we found that bets were apparently placed in huge volumes through Betfair.com,” said a senior police officer.
“We have requested the Interpol to look into the source of these funds as Pakistan being the source of their origin is highly likely,” the officer added.
The police said the Interpol had been requested to investigate the money trail by visiting the website’s offices located in the UK and some parts of Australia.
The special cell has also attached a fresh arrest warrant against Dawood Ibrahim to a new red-corner notice issued in his name on the basis of evidence in the form of voice samples which were also submitted at a city court.
“We are certain that Dawood and his network of bookies in the Mumbai underworld were behind the scandal and have proof of it in the form of hundreds of hours of telephone call intercepts gathered through technical surveillance,” said the officer.
After unearthing the scandal in mid-May, the police filed a 6,000-word chargesheet which names as many as 39 people, including absconding underworld don Dawood as the “fountainhead” — in addition to three arrested Rajasthan Royals players, bookies, Ranji Trophy dropouts and other go-betweens.
Some of the names which prominently figure in the document include Dawood, his close aide Chhota Shakeel, suspended RR players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Ramesh Vyas, Deepak Kumar, Sunil Bhatia and Firoz Farid Ansari and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.
All the accused were chargesheeted for offences of cheating and criminal conspiracy in addition to provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).