S Sreesanth’s alleged spot-fixed over fetched Rs 2.5 crores for bookie

S Sreesanth (above) and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League 2013 © PTI

New Delhi: May 21, 2013

Delhi police have said that in the space of seven minutes on May 9, 2013 cricket bookie Chandresh Patel allegedly made Rupees 2.5 crores. In these seven minutes Rajasthan Royals pacer S Sreesanth bowled his second over in Mohali giving away a predetermined number of runs.

It is this over that was allegedly fixed as per the arrangements of the bookies and Sreesanth. In those minutes Patel made his money.

“The stakes were very high. Our investigations have revealed that Patel made Rupees 2.5 crores in that over. Bookies like Patel and others have become rich overnight. We have evidence for this,” said Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to The Indian Express in an interview on Monday.

Patel is one of the 14 bookies arrested by Delhi police for the alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 matches. They were arrested with three Rajasthan Royals players – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

Patel, who lives in Andheri in Mumbai, is a property dealer believed to have invested his many crores in real estate in Maharashtra.

Kumar also said that in interrogation Sreesanth revealed he was unaware of his teammates’ alleged participation in the spot-fixing. He was under the impression he was working alone along with alleged bookie and friend Jiju Janardhan.

“Sreesanth thought he was alone. He did not know that Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were working their deals with different sets of bookies. Ankeet Chavan was fixed by Chandila and Amit Singh.

“We have a taped interception of Chandila demanding a cut for the May 15 match [against Mumbai Indians] because he believed he had introduced the bookie to Chavan. Chavan was roped into spot-fixing by Chandila,” Commissioner Kumar said.

Kumar was also quick to refute reports claiming that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim or his aide Tiger Memon were directly involved in the entire controversy. “At the moment we do not have any proof of these so called “underworld men” indulging in spot-fixing directly.

“In mid-March, when our officers were intercepting calls made by intermediaries for the underworld in the course of an anti-terrorist operation, they discovered that these intermediaries were talking to bookies.

“During these conversations, we overheard the names of these cricket players, after which we swung into action,” he concluded.

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