12.50 pm: Mumbai police refuse to share evidence with Delhi police
And in yet another sign of an increasing turf war between the Delhi and Mumbai police in the IPL spot-fixing case, the Times Now channel is reporting that the Mumbai police are refusing to share evidence collected from Sreesanth’s hotel room in the city.
As Firstpost said earlier, The Delhi Police may have made the arrests in the sensational IPL spot fixing case, but the case has sparked off a turf war between them and their Mumbai counterparts with both of them claiming to have more dirt than the other in the scandal.
Since the Mumbai police had no access to Sreesanth after his arrest by the Delhi police, they quickly did the next best thing. They raided his hotel room. Diaries and a few electronic items emerged and accompanying it were leaks about how the fast bowler was both a troubled soul wanting to improve himself and a man with an eye for a pretty face.
The Mumbai Police hasn’t been very clear on what the seizure of vigour tablets or photos from a casting director have to do with the Delhi police’s probe into spot fixing, and not surprisingly their north Indian counterparts are having a bit of a laugh at their disclosures.
“They (Mumbai Police) are only trying to save their face. All this IPL spot-fixing was happening in Mumbai but they did not do anything. People should try to appreciate the good work done by the Delhi Police, which has shown a lot of ills that were going on in IPL,” a caustic SN Srivastava, who is heading the Delhi police probe, told the Economic Times.
Claiming that the Mumbai Police was left holding ‘leftovers,’ Srivastava said the Delhi police had already taken what it needed from the hotel rooms of the three arrested players. The Mumbai police not surprisingly has chosen to remain mum on these claims.
In this particular case, the Delhi Police had earlier said that they had not co-ordinated with the Mumbai Police to preserve the secrecy of their operation, but the face off between the two police forces is hardly new and at times have stretched to cases related to terrorism as well.
Unfortunately in this case, the only loser seems to be Sreesanth who can expect any dirty secret he may have had in his diaries or electronic devices to quickly be made public as the two police forces try to one up each other.
12.31 pm: Bookie arrested in Ajmer
Ajmer police have arrested an alleged bookie but have refused to divulge any details saying they will wait for more concrete details to come out through interrogation.
Times Now reported that the arrested bookie had been engaged in betting for the last two to three years.
More details are awaited.
12.06 pm: Gurunath Meiyappan, not at his residence
Mumbai police have reached Chennai to quiz Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan, but he is not at his residence, reports Times Now. The channel said that Gurunath, who is also the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was not at his home, and there was no indication as to where he was.
The Mumbai police have reportedly now sought the assistance of local Chennai police to help with investigations. Police are reportedly
11.22 am: Too early to announce anyone guilty: BCCI
Anurag Thakur,the Joint Secretary of BCCI has said that it is too premature to announce anyone as guilty in the IPL betting scam, saying that the Delhi police had not yet concluded its investigation.
“Once the inquiry is complete we will be in a position to take the strongest action. Unless Delhi Police concludes its investigation can’t announce someone guilty”, ANI quoted him as saying.
10.59 am: Mumbai police team in Chennai to question Srinivasan’s son-in-law
A Mumbai police team has reached Chennai to question Srinivasan’s son-in-law and CEO of the Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan in relation to the spot-fixing case, CNN-IBN reported.
The channel added that in addition to Meiyappan, the police team is likely to question other top officials from the Chennai Super Kings.
Gurunath was allegedly in constant touch with Vindoo Dara Singh, and it is because of this constant contact that the police has decided to call him in for questioning.
You can read more on that here.
However Vindoo has reportedly claimed that he had made the calls to the team owner purely for personal reasons.
The actor has claimed that the calls made to Gurunath had little to do with the betting racket and they were “just friends”, reported the channel.
10.31 pm: ‘Upcoming’ Delhi player under the scanner
Another day, another name, another link. The IPL spot-fixing scam seems to be getting murkier and murkier. The latest person to come under the scanner is a rising Delhi Ranji player whose profile had been found in a bookie’s social networking account, reports the Hindustan Times. The player has not been named, but the report says,
“The hype built around the player and the manner in which he got out in the matches he played in the current T20 league has stirred the suspicion of investigators”.
Several agencies are reportedly studying the footage of all the matches he played in.
9.36 am: Vindoo Dara Singh had links with three players, placed bet for Bollywood stars
The spot-fixing scandal is getting murkier by the day with the police net now spreading to Kolkata. Police arrested nine people from the city on Thursday night in connection to the scandal. One of the nine people arrested is Ajit Sureka, a well-known bookie in the Indian cricket circles. According to Zee News, Rs 3 lakh in cash, eight mobile phones, two laptops which had betting software installed in them, were seized.
The accused will be produced in court today.
Meanwhile, small-time actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who is in police custody for his links with the betting, revealed that he used to place bets on behalf of ‘big Bollywood stars’. CNN IBN reports that Vindoo named three more players who were involved in the betting racket.
Meanwhile, Delhi CP Neeraj Kumar said that the police is tracking two other IPL teams and suspects that the betting racket is spread across the country and abroad.
While all fingers were being pointed at the possible Dawood connection, the gangster’s aide told in an interview on Aaj Tak that he doesn’t have anything to do with it. Chhota Shakeel distanced himself from the scam and said that it was Chhota Rajan, another mafia don, who is to be blamed for the muck.
Ironically enough, Dawood is so keen on distancing himself from the betting racket that he made Chhota Shakeel call up TOI and help clear his name. “Bhai doesn’t want haraam ka money from betting (Dawood doesn’t want money earned from dishonest cricketers),” Shakeel, weirdly enough, told the Times of India reporter.
Updates from 22 May end
6.37 pm: IPL should not stop: Sports Minister
“The IPL must not stop. We must ensure more responsibility for all,” Sports Minister Jitendra Singh told CNN-IBN in an interview. He also says that the IPL spot-fixing row has brought a bad name to sport.
5.49 pm: Chandila took an advance of Rs 15 lakh from bookies
Police have said that Ajit Chandila took an advance of Rs 15 lakh from bookies in April in order to fix a 17 May match between Rajasthan Royals & Hyderabad Sunrisers in Hyderabad.
5.11 pm: Sreesanth wanted to start betting house
He may deny the allegations of indulging in spot fixing in the current edition of the IPL, but documents reveal that fast bowler S Sreesanth’s company planned to enter many ventures including starting betting houses either in India or abroad.
S36 Sports and Entertainment Private Limited, in which the bowler reportedly has a 74 percent stake, in its filing with the Registrar of Companies has said that one of its obejctives was to start betting houses in India and abroad.
“According to S36?s memorandum of association filed with the registrar of companies in Bengaluru, the company’s main objectives are: “To run in India and/or abroad coaching centres, gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, betting houses, indoor stadiums, sports physiotherapy centres, sports bars…“ the Deccan Chronicle quotes the document as saying.
However Sreesanth’s former coach P Sivakumar who was a director in the company until 2012 defended the player, saying it is a normal practice to list as many objectives, when a company is registered.
“It is a normal practice to list as many objectives, when a company is registered. The company was formed for Sreesanth’s post retirement life. If Sreesanth settles abroad, he can run a betting house. There are many countries where betting is allowed. We have not committed any illegality”, he said to CNN-IBN.
Sivakumar reportedly holds a 26 percent stake in the company, named after Sreesanth’s sports shop S36 in Kochi.
4.45 pm: Spot-fixing not restricted to IPL, ICL and Bangladesh Premier league also affected.
Police sources have said that it has emerged that Ajit Chandila had been paid for spot-fixing as early as April. This is separate from the Rs.20 lakh recovered from his cricket kit.
Meanwhile it looks as though the spot-fixing malaise is not limited to the IPL. PTI reported that one of the bookies, Sunil Bhatia admits he fixed some ICL matches with the help of Baburao Yadav. After ICL players were banned,
Bhatia took Yadav to Bangladesh.
Bhatia also reportedly claimed he has good contacts with a prominent Bangladeshi player. However they had to return as the ICC anti-corruption team spotted the bookie.
4.40 pm: Sreesanth’s girlfriend being questioned by cops
CNN-IBN reports that Sreesanth’s girlfriend, identified as Sakshi Jhala is being questioned by police with regards to the spot-fixing case.
Earlier reports came in that the former India pace bowler had spent a lot of his spot-fixing cash on his girlfriend, including a Rs 42,000 BlackBerry Z10 device that he paid for in cash.
Meanwhile NDTV quoting sources, reported that the mobile phones of a bookie had been found at Vindoo Dara Singh’s Juhu residence. Police had been conducting raids there since this morning. Singh was remanded to police custody till 24 May.
4.21 pm: Six bookies remanded to judicial custody till 5 May
A local court today remanded six bookies, arrested in connection with alleged IPL betting syndicate, to judicial custody till 5 June.
“Despite ample opportunities provided, the investigating officer has not pointed out who has been cheated and why,” additional metropolitan magistrate MN Saleem observed while remanding all the accused in judicial custody.
Mumbai Police has so far arrested six bookies – Ramesh Vyas, Pandurang Kadam, Ashok Vyas, Neeraj Shah, Pravin Bera and Pankaj Shah alias Lotus in connection with the IPL betting case.
All the bookies have filed bail applications and the Mumbai crime branch will file a reply on 24 May.
The magistrate also reprimanded the police saying the ground for taking custody written in the remand application is similar to the earlier submitted remand plea.
The court also observed that the phone instruments and other gadgets used for betting have been recovered from the bookies and in view of the above facts “there is no sufficient ground for police custody”.
The crime branch told the court that it wants to confront the six accused with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, arrested yesterday for his alleged association with bookies.
The officials also said voice samples of the accused have to be taken and they have to confront the accused with each other.
However, defence lawyers pointed out that the custody is not required for recording voice samples and for confronting with other accused.
On May 20, the city police, which had arrested six bookies in connection with the IPL betting, told the court that they would investigate if the Pakistanis with whom the bookies were in touch had any terror links or connections with the organised crime syndicates.
The arrested bookies were allegedly not only accepting the betting but were also connecting calls from bookies in Pakistan and Dubai.
The Crime branch told the court that they want to elicit information about the absconding bookies from the arrested bookies.