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The police claimed they were armed with enough evidence and telephone intercepts to prove in the court that the bookies had made use of the underworld network in fixing IPL matches © AFP (representation picture)

New Delhi: Jun 4, 2011

The spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) turned murkier with the names of global terrorist and India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim and his close aide Chotta Shakeel surfacing in the case.

Delhi Police on Tuesday slapped the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against all the 26 accused, including the three players of the Rajasthan Royals, and claimed bookies like Ashwani Aggarwal were working at the behest of Dawood gang.

The police claimed they were armed with enough evidence and telephone intercepts to prove in the court that the bookies had made use of the underworld network in fixing IPL matches.

A top police official associated with the probe said they had enough telephonic intercepts which showed the bookies had made calls to Dubai, Karachi and other cities of Pakistan to fix and alter betting rates.

As the Delhi Police had ensured that the accused in the case would not get bail easily by slapping MCOCA, its investigation was on to nab a Hyderabad-based person who could lead to the door of another cricket team whose players were allegedly involved in spot fixing.

A hunt has been launched for apprehending this person who was named by bookie Mohammad Yahya, arrested in South Indian city of Hyderabad, during his questioning, the police officials said.