Spot-fixing: police dispatch teams to 4 cities to track money trail

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 18, 2013 19:14 IST

Delhi Police on Saturday dispatched teams to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Hyderabad to track the money trail in the T20 spot-fixing case even as it conducted raids for the second time at the Faridabad residence of Ajit Chandila, one of the three arrested cricketers.

Investigators are also looking into the bank accounts of the players to trace the flow of money and are trying to find out how it was spend. TV footages of three matches in question from the official broadcaster were also sought by the police.

They said the T20 spot-fixing case in which 14 people, including cricketers Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested is "still open-ended".

Lawyers of all the three players have denied the involvement of the cricketers in the spot-fixing.

Police sources claimed that bookies paid Rs 10 lakh as advance to Sreesanth and it was collected by his close friend Jiju Janardhan who was also arrested. Bookies had allegedly struck a deal of Rs 40 lakh with Sreesanth through Jiju.

Asked about evidences against the Kerala pacer, the sources did not say whether he directly spoke to bookies but claimed that he used Jiju's phone, which was tapped, to speak to "others".

"We have strong evidence against him. We know how the advance money he got from the bookies," a senior police officer said.

Investigators said they do not feel the need to conduct searches at the residences of Sreesanth and Chavan "as of now" as they have enough proof against them.

"We are satisfied with the progress in the probe but this is not the end. We have asked SetMax to provide us with raw footage of the three matches in which the arrested players have allegedly indulged in spot-fixing. They players have willingly indulged in this," the officer said.

Police raided the Faridabad residence of Chandila for the second time. They had searched his residence on Thursday, the day he was arrested.

Police said they will talk to ICC and BCCI officials on Monday if they are approached. "We have already shared information with a senior BCCI official who approached us on the first day(of the arrest) itself and yesterday," an officer said.

The CCTV footages of a meeting of Chandila and a bookie on May nine in a Chandigarh hotel are also being collected.

Chandila was allegedly paid Rs 20 lakh out of Rs 40 lakh to be paid. The agreed Rs 60 lakh was not delivered to Chavan as he was arrested soon after the match in which he allegedly bowled a manipulated over.

On how they spent the money, the officer said, generally money is used by youth for certain things and the accused purchased things like "gift items, went to parties and bought cell phones".

Asked about the allegation of Chandila's lawyer that Mumbai underworld was threatening the cricketer, police sources said the player has not told them about any such thing or was there any talks about any such threats in the telephone interceptions.


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