IPL 2013 spot-fixing: Raj Kundra questioned for hours by Delhi police

Raj Kundra (R) was called in by the Delhi police to seek details about irregularities in the ownership of the Rajasthan Royals © IANS

New Delhi: Jun 5, 2013

Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra and his business partner-friend Umesh Goenka were questioned for several hours on Wednesday in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy and allegations that Kundra was into betting.

The questioning also came following the claims made by Rajasthan cricketer Sidharth Trivedi and to know about the ownership pattern of the team.

A senior Delhi Police official refused to clear the air on Kundra, who said he owns 11.7 per cent stake in Rajasthan Royals, whether he is a “suspect or complainant”, stating he was an “important person” needed for questioning.

Police sources claimed that Kundra was into betting but not into fixing. Their questioning was basically into betting, police sources said.

The questioning of both Kundra and Goenka began around 10 am and continued till late in the evening.

Sources said the name of Goenka, with whom Kundra owns a company dealing in steel business, came during the recording of statement of Trivedi, a prosecution witness in the case.

In his statement recorded before a magistrate, sources said, Trivedi claimed that Goenka approached him and sought details about the cricket pitch in Ahmedabad and details about team formations.

According to police sources, Kundra was called over phone to appear before investigators who wanted to ask about the ownership details of Rajasthan Royals.

“Kundra told police that he owned 11.7 per cent while Suresh Chelaram, co-brother of Lalit Modi owned 43 per cent and Manoj Badale has 34 per cent. Rupert Murdoch’s son Lalchan Murdoch also has a stake in the team,” a senior police official said.

Kundra, a British national, has 42 per cent stake in the steel business with Goenka who has 16 per cent shares in the firm, they said.

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