IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Police probe link between Chennai hotel owner's wife and bookies

S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and 11 bookies after being produced at the residence of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Saket court complex in New Delhi on May 16 © PTI

Chennai: May 25, 2013

Investigations are on to find out why the wife of a Chennai-based five-star hotel owner telephoned a cricket bookie, now under arrest, over a 100 times, police said on Saturday.

Without naming the woman, her husband or the name of the hotel, an official of Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) of Tamil Nadu Police told IANS: “The woman has made more than 100 calls to Uttam C Jain, a cricket bookie. We are looking at the purpose of calls and the connection between the two.”

Jain was arrested by the CBCID on May 23.

The CBCID said they were also probing the relationship between a realtor and cricket bookies.

According to the CBCID, the nine bookies arrested till now had been found to have links with VIP gamblers.

Police said leads were being pursued to see whether the VIPs just funded the bookies or they had been using the bookies for money laundering.

The CBCID said Jain had shown a total income of Rs 5 million for the year ending March 31, 2011 and invested in an apartment costing Rs 20 million (Rs 2 crores).

Police are also on the look out Jain’s two brothers.

All this follows the May 16 arrest of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for their alleged role in the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

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