New Delhi: Rs 20 lakh were reportedly recovered by the Delhi Police today in a raid at the residence of a relative of arrested player Ajit Chandila. Police sources claimed that Chandila during his interrogation had told the cops that a part of the cash he received for spot-fixing was stashed in his kit back at a relative's house. The cricketer had reportedly accompanied the police during the raid at his aunt's house near Delhi last night. Chandila was in touch with not one, but four sets of bookies and was willing to be available for fixing matches, according to sources.
Here are the 10 latest developments in the case:
- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is conducting an internal inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal, will send an anti-corruption official with the team during the Champions Trophy to be held in England next month. Ravi Sawani, the chief of the BCCI's anti-corruption wing, met with officials from the Delhi Police today. (Read)
- The Delhi Police today also collected voice samples of the
bookies and the arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth,
Ankeet Chavan and Chandila. The cops will now match the samples with
conversations it has recorded. The police says it has
enough evidence to make a strong case against the three arrested
players. It is also probing a wider nexus, which it alleges, is linked
to Dubai and Pakistan.
- The Delhi Police yesterday arrested a former Ranji
player, Manish Guddewar, and two more alleged bookies in the fixing
probe. Guddewar, 32, used to play the Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha from
2003 to 2005. He has known Chandila since 2000 and used to practice
cricket with the tainted Rajasthan Royals player, according to reports.
Sources claim it was Guddewar who got Chandila in touch with other
bookies. He was arrested from Aurangabad and will be produced in court
- Along with Guddewar, the police has also arrested
alleged fixers Sunil Bhatia, 44, and Kiran Dole, 43. Their exact role is
still being probed. The three were arrested after their phones were put
on surveillance by police. Sources claim a cricketer who plays with the
Railways is also under the scanner.
Ankeet Chavan and Chandila were interrogated for the fourth day today. Yesterday, they were questioned together for the first
time and while, all three confessed to their crime, they blamed each
other for dragging them into spot-fixing, according to sources. However,
these confessions are not admissible in a court of law as they have not
been recorded before a magistrate.
- Along with the Delhi and Mumbai Police, the Enforcement
Directorate (ED) will also probe the spot-fixing case to find out if
there was any money laundering involved.
- Law Minister
Kapil Sibal has said that his ministry will work on a new set of laws
that can effectively deal with match-fixing in all sports. "Don't think
law against cheating deals adequately with fixing in sports," Mr Sibal
said yesterday. He also spoke to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on the
franchise Rajasthan Royals has said that they will file an FIR against
its three arrested players for
allegedly cheating the public and the franchise. Sources in
the Delhi Police had claimed that the management of Rajasthan Royals may
be questioned in the case.
- On Friday night, the Mumbai Police
in a raid recovered a laptop, mobile phones, iPads and cash worth Rs.
72,000 from the two rooms of a hotel in the city in which Sreesanth and
his friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan were staying. Diaries,
written in English and Malayalam, were also recovered; cops say several
of the entries were made by Sreesanth himself. Sreesanth had
independently checked into a five-star hotel just two days before his
- The Mumbai Police last week arrested six bookies
including Ramesh Vyas, which it says is a "prized catch." Vyas,
according to police sources, has links with Sunil Dubai, an alleged
mediator between bookies and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother
Anees Ibrahim. 32 of the 92 phones seized during Vyas's arrest, in fact,
had been used for calls, several which have been traced to Dubai and
Pakistan. The bookie's arrest could help cops track the source of funds
sources say, could have been routed through hawala channels, which has
brought the involvement of the Mumbai underworld under the scanner. (Read: The D-gang connection)
Story First Published: May 20, 2013 14:09 IST