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Feb 25, 2014
In a sensational expose, Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was also named in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy, has made startling revelations in the case and alleged that some high and mighty from the arena of Indian sports and politics were involved in instances of betting and match fixing.
Talking exclusively to a Zee Media Corp reporter, Vindoo has revealed that the entire IPL spot-fixing fiasco was actually a tussle between Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan.
Here are a few excerpts from Vindoo’s conversation with a Zee Media Corp reporter:
Vindoo has claimed that the real tug of war was between former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and Srinivasan; and Pawar was backing Modi. Naming several others, Vindoo claims that he was just a small fry in the melee.
Vindoo: This entire case is actually a tussle between Modi and Srinivasan. We have nothing to do with it. We did nothing… but were still dragged into it.
Vindoo further alleged that Modi was looking to even scores with Srinivasan. And the match-fixing episode involved some biggies.
Vindoo: Lalit Modi just needed a chance to get N Srinivasan out.
Vindoo claimed that for a minor offence [like betting, which attracts a small fine], he was kept behind bars — just because he was the medium to catch bigger fish like Srinivasan.
Reporter: Did they trouble you a lot during interrogation?
Vindoo: Not much, they (police) said, ‘We know you haven’t done anything, but there’s pressure from Sharad Pawar sahab and until Srinivasan isn’t nabbed you will have to stay. You will have to stay here for 10-15 days or a month’.
Vindoo: Sharad Pawar sahab did all this. We’re nothing in his comparison… we’re ants. We just have to stay quiet.
Reporter: I’m still confused… Lalit Modi had to trap Srinivasan… but why through you?
Vindu: Gurunath Meiyappan is Srinivasan’s son-in-law. If anything is proved against Guru then…
Vindoo claimed that Meiyappan lost a huge bet he had placed and then asserted that the entire IPL is a fixed affair.
Reporter: As a common man I want to know — is this all fixed?
Vindoo: It is 100 per cent fixed.
Vindoo has made sensation claims against liquor baron Vijay Mallya too, claiming that he of all the IPL team owners is the only one aware and actively involved in betting.
Reporter: Do the team owners know all this?
Vindoo: Barring Vijay Mallya nobody knows anything. Mallya is himself involved in betting, he earns Rs 100-200 crores in IPL.
Vindoo also claimed to know of actors from the film industry who place bets, but none fixed matches according to him.
Vindoo: The entire Bollywood places bets, but they are not involved in match-fixing.
Vindoo said that the money that players can earn from fixing is too big an allure for them.
Reporter: How did the players get ready [to fix]?
Vindoo: These people can easily pay players Rs 14-15 crores, which they can’t get by playing for India. There they get a lakh or Rs 25,000 per match; they’ve never seen Rs 14-15 crores. They know crowd needs to come [to watch the games] and the entire world should tune into our matches.
The fixing isn’t just limited to the T20 league, said Vindu and added that players form a bond during the IPL and then go onto alter the courses of international games for monetary benefit.
Reporter: The players that fix IPL matches, do they also fix international games?
Vindoo: IPL has brought everyone close. All players — Shane Watson, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting — are sleeping in one room, friendship develops; then it has to happen.
Surprisingly, Vindoo said that banned cricketer S Sreesanth could not have been involved in fixing matches. And he gave reasons to back his assertions.
Reporter: But the negative coverage about Sreesanth was pretty bad.
Vindoo: Supposing I am Sreesanth — if I have to give away 14 runs in an over — I will give away two boundaries in the first two deliveries, only then can 14 runs be scored. But he gave only six runs off his first four deliveries — is there a guarantee that two boundaries will be scored off the last two balls? All these allegations against Sreesanth are rubbish, fraud; I will say he is 100 per cent not guilty.
The IPL in its entirety is Lalit Modi’s brainchild, told Vindoo. Modi had gotten the nod for IPL from the then BCCI President Sharad Pawar.
Vindoo: Lalit Modi went to Sharad Pawar with the idea. Modi said he had planned a tournament that was ‘rocking’; people would go crazy and praise him. Pawar was impressed and agreed to the plan. Pawar assured Modi that no one would ‘disturb’ him.
Vindoo claimed that Modi got in trouble after he rubbed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor the wrong way. The rivalry between Tharoor and Modi turned into a full-blown war between NCP and Congress with Pawar throwing his weight behind Modi.
Vindoo: In 2009, Government asked Modi to cancel the IPL that year due to elections. But Modi had become so powerful that he overrode it all and said I will hold an IPL — outside India. They warned Modi that there could be problems, but he took the IPL to South Africa and siphoned thousands of crores of rupees. When the hotel bills came up to one lakh US dollars, he blew it to Rs 2 lakh and pocketed the difference. South Africa earned the money that India could’ve made.
Vindoo: Modi alleged that Tharoor had invested money in IPL and made Tharoor resign. Modi knew everything, he himself has partnerships in four teams. Modi blackmails. After he was exposed, Congress went after Modi. And Sharad Pawar backed Modi to the fullest. But the ‘real’ Congress sidelined the NCP.
No one can take on Sharad Pawar and survive, said Vindoo, alleging that the NCP chief could even shut down media houses if he wanted.
Vindoo: Sharad Pawar is a ‘great’ man. These people are challenging him and we are getting dragged into it. Can anyone take up the gauntlet against him in Maharashtra and survive? Today you (media) are taking the fight to him — he can shut your channel.
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(The above news has been republished with permission from Zee News, where it first appeared)
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