In a major crackdown against cricket bookie syndicates, the crime branch on Thursday caught two of the most notorious international bookies in the city by conducting a raid at their den in Kandivli.
Crime branch sources said a flat in Lokhandwala, Kandivli East, was raided by a crime branch team following a tip-off in the afternoon. The police found two notorious bookies —Sonu Yogendra Jalan and Devendra Sripal Kothari — in the flat. More than Rs5.11 lakh in cash, two laptops, 22 mobile phones, 2 voice recorders along with other incriminating documents and gadgets were found in their possession.
Jalan and Kothari were found accepting bets during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the teams Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. They have been booked under the Gambling Act, Information Technology Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Sources said that the bookies were found to be in contact with their counterparts in Pakistan and Dubai where they had placed their bet amounts. “They are linked to the cartels in London, Belgium and South Africa too,” sources said, quoting the revelations made following the arrest.
Sources said the accused are considered two of the biggest cricket bookmakers in the country. They work under notorious cricket bookie, Junior Kolkata, who has gone underground since long. Jalan, sources said, had made an anonymous complaint last year against an IPS officer with the Anti Corruption Bureau, prompting a suo motto probe.
The raid assumes considerable significance in the light of the spot-fixing controversy following which five IPL players were suspended on Tuesday.