The Delhi Police claiming to have busted the elusive ‘fourth module’ of bookies involved in the spot-fixing scandal, assured arrests of more cricketers in the coming days, adding another T20 league match was under the scanner.
Highly-placed police sources told HT that three bookies, identified as Vicky Chaudhary and his associates Nitin Jain, who runs a gift shop, and Monu Sharma, a small-time businessman, have been arrested based on the interrogation of Bhupender Singh Nagar, who was nabbed from Greater Noida on Monday.
“Based on Ajit Chandila’s interrogation, we are now probing whether an entire match — one played between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 12 — was fixed,” said an officer.
NO PROOF YET
However, the police insisted that their suspicion was based purely on Chandila’s allegation and there was no proof in their hands to that effect yet. The match in question was played in Ranchi and KKR won by four wickets.
According to the police, Nagar, a security manager, told them that he had been in touch with Chandila for the last seven to eight months and the two usually met at a pub in Nehru Place.
“Nagar’s friend Vicky, was a bouncer at a night club and wanted to get in touch with some cricketers in the first week of May. Within two days, Nagar took Chandila to a night club in Vasant Kunj where Vicky met him along with Jain and Sharma,” said the officer.
Police claimed the bookies were arrested on the basis of intercepted telephone conversations and that they were just days from laying their hands on players — including an East Delhi-based player.
Abhishek Shukla, a friend of Sreesanth, who is accused of cleaning-up the cricketer’s hotel room in Mumbai, was questioned by the special cell. “He is an events manager and is being questioned,” said an officer close to the investigation.
“We are interested in knowing how Sreesanth spent the entire money received for spot-fixing.
Shukla's PAN number was given for Sreesanth's transactions. Shukla knew Sreesanth for the last five-six years."