The special cell of Delhi police on early Thursday morning (2.30 AM) arrested three players of Rajasthan Royals, a cricket team participating in Indian Premiere League (IPL), over the allegations of spot fixing in the IPL matches.
S. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila along with five other bookies were arrested by the special cell of Delhi police.
Chavan and Chandila were arrested from Trident Hotel, were taken to Marine Drive police station. In a secret operation carried out late night, the police officers sneaked in to Trident Hotel bypassing all the security arrangements. While Sreesanth was arrested from a friend’s house. The cases under section 420 and 120 (b) have been registered against players.
The Mumbai police on Tuesday night had arrested Ramesh Vyas, along with two other bookies from South Mumbai. According to police officials, Vyas was working as a middleman between the bookies from Pakistan and India and had found phone records showing that 30 calls were made to Pakistan.
According to sources, the arrested bookies provided vital information about the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, with the help of which action against players was taken. It is also learned that the police have the names of other players as well, including some foreign players, and more arrests are likely. The matches under scanner include Wednesday’s match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, along with 10 other matches.
Though police officers have refused to make any official comment, it is learned that all three players will be taken to Delhi by Afternoon and will be produced in the court there.
Owner of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty have said that the management will help police authorities in probe. Kundra tweeted early morning saying, team cannot be fixed, but individual players who lack integrity can be fixed.
The players are likely to be suspended from the IPL and an official from the BCCI will make a formal announcement soon. The matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI headed by Arun Jaitley.
Investigators said besides telephone records, they also have evidences of messages passed through BBM and Whatsapp.
The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.
Rajasthan Royals issued a statement in which they said that they are shocked by the development.
“We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything.
“We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game,” the statement said.