IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Police probing other Rajasthan Royals matches

Police are investigating other Rajasthan Royals matches in light of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy © IANS

New Delhi: May 17, 2013

The Delhi Police is investigating whether spot-fixing took place in matches involving Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) other than the three matches in which three of its players were allegedly involved.

Police sources on Friday said so far concrete evidence has emerged only in three matches on May five, nine and 15 and three players — S Sreeshant, Ajit Chandela and Ankit Chavan — were arrested, besides 11 bookies.

It has also come to light that Amit Singh, one of the bookies arrested, had played for Rajasthan Royals in the previous IPL season.

A senior police official said telephone conversations have indications about spot-fixing in other matches but the investigators have not been able to concretely prove that as of now.

“We are collecting evidence,” the official said, adding role of other players have not come to light. He said, however, the police are not ruling out any possibility as of now as investigations are still on.

The sources said the players were embarrassed and were not opening up initially while bookies were talking.

Sreesanth and two other bowlers were arrested in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai on Thursday by the Delhi Police for spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of upto Rupees 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

The arrested cricketers and the bookies were remanded in police custody for five days by a Delhi court on Thursday for questioning in connection with the case.

Advocate Deepak Prakash, who had appeared for Sreesanth, had told reporters that the cricketer was innocent and that he had been framed in the case.

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