IPl 2013 spot-fixing controversy: TN police question bookie Prashanth

Along with cricketers, many bookies were arrested in connection with the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy © IANS

Chennai: May 21, 2013

A day after he surrendered, suspected cricket bookie Prashanth was on Tuesday questioned in Chennai and documents were seized from his house in connection with a case registered May 17, said police.

“The interrogation of Prashanth is on… We have seized vital documents relating to the case from his residence,” an official of the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CBCID) told IANS.

Prashanth, who was on the run when CBCID started its crackdown on bookies on May 17, surrendered to police on Monday evening. He was allegedly hiding at his friend’s place in Chennai.

The police began cracking down on the bookies on May 17, a day after three Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.

Police initially thought Prashanth had escaped from the country as his car was found at the airport in Chennai. It turned out that his children had flown to Gujarat.

In the last few days, police had started questioning Prashanth’s friends and relatives, forcing him to surrender.

The CBCID team has so far arrested seven people – Prashanth, Harish Bajaj, S Vedhachalam, Narpat S Jain alias Lucky, Goutham, Deepak Bajaj and Sunil Bajanlal – in Chennai in connection with betting on cricket matches.

S Rajeswari, superintendent of police at CBCID, earlier said the raids started on May 17 after receiving a cheating complaint against suspected bookie Harish Bajaj.

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