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'No Indian involved with bookie'

The city police rule out involvement of any Indian cricketer or any other West Indian with bookie Mukesh Kochar.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007, 22:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The city police on Thursday ruled out involvement of any other West Indian or Indian cricketer with bookie Mukesh Kochar, saying they only had evidence of a conversation with all-rounder Marlon Samuels during a cricket one-dayer last month.

"As per our information and investigation, none but only Samuels was having conversations from his Hotel Pride room number 206 on January 19 and 20 during odd hours with Kochar on the hotel landline number," Commissioner Of Police, S PS Yadav, told a crowded press conference here.

He said the first conversation took place on Jan 19 around 10-30 pm and lasted for eight minutes while on January 20 a day before the ODI, Samuels received few calls lasting one minute and last call at 11-45 pm, during which he spoke for six minutes.

There is no match fixing angle and thus no cases were registered against them, the police have concluded from the conversation that it was a clear violation of ICC Code of Conduct for players and officials, Yadav said.

He said the calls were made from Faridabad and city police have alerted the SP there to cross check the formation.

Kochar was supposed to leave next day, he said, adding "it was our duty to watch whether any financial transaction is fixed or money is used for anti-national activities.

Yadav admitted that Samuels overstayed in Mumbai in hotel Hyatt Regency but police have no knowledge at this stage of his further conversations or activities.

About Kochar, Yadav said, he has some business interest in DLF and family stays in Gurgaon while he operates from UAE and Delhi.

"During monitoring of calls, we found the concerned player was violating the code of conduct of ICC and hence we had informed both ICC and BCCI," he said.

Samuels disclosed the bowling and batting order during these conversations. His bowling order proved to be correct on the day of match, Yadav added.

Kochar used different SIM cards and someone else's mobile for talking to Samuels.

The Police chief said, as a routine job, they were keeping an eye on Hotel Pride where both teams were put up, at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Ground and some other places. The intelligence gathering helped police in tracing the call, he said.

The subsequent information was passed on to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and the Director General of Police P S Pasricha.

To a question, Yadav said the VCA President Shashank Manohar whom he had written a letter on Wednesday, was taken into confidence for seeking his assistance in the probe. Police inspector U K Jadhav was assigned the job of tapping. 

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