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'Dawood back in betting racket'

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 12:19 IST
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Two days after the sensational revelations of Nagpur police on match fixing, the Mumbai police on Friday hinted at the possibility of India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim's return to cricket betting racket.

Sleuths of Mumbai police's crime branch probing the controversy claimed that the mobster is using his henchmen as the front men in international cricket gambling.

Probing the alleged links between West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels and bookie Mukesh Kochar, investigators here hinted at the involvement of Kamal Kishore Chadha, an alleged aide of the underworld don.

Police here claimed that Dubai-based Kochar is known to be handling the betting accounts for the Dawood gang.

"Investigations reveals that Kochar, who hails from Gurgaon, near Delhi, is pretty close to Mumbai-based Chadha, who is reportedly very close to Dawood Ibrahim," Director General of Police (DGP) of Maharashtra P.S. Pasricha was quoted by a television channel.

"We do not rule out the possibility of questioning either of them. The matter has been reported to both the Indian and international cricket governing bodies," Pasricha said when asked if the police would question the duo.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) is in touch with Nagpur police in connection with the investigations," he added.

Meanwhile, crime branch sources said that Kochar, who cut his teeth as an international bookmaker on Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course circuit, had been under scanner for quite sometime now.

"We believe that Dubai-based Kochar was operating at various levels in the match fixing racket being run by the Dawood gang from the Gulf region."

"We are probing the possibility of the Dawood gang's alleged revival of the betting racket in Mumbai," the official said.

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