Shilpa Shetty placed bets in IPL: Umesh Goenka to Delhi Police

Shilpa Shetty denied the allegations on Twitter saying her involvement in betting is “complete nonsense” and that she has “never bet on any cricket match ever” Getty Images

New Delhi: Jun 6, 2013
 
In sensational claims in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, Delhi Police on Thursday alleged that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra placed bets on his team through a bookie-friend and that they were probing whether his actress-wife Shilpa Shetty was also into betting.
 
Investigators also claimed Kundra (36) told them that he lost around Rs 1 crore in the past three years in betting in IPL matches. However, police said they have no evidence yet to implicate Kundra in fixing matches.
 
Shetty denied the allegations on Twitter saying her involvement in betting is “complete nonsense” and that she has “never bet on any cricket match ever”. The tweets were retweeted by Kundra.
 
Kundra, a British national, was questioned for 11 hours on Wednesday after cricketer Siddharth Trivedi (30) told police that his business partner-friend Umesh Goenka (36) used to ask for information regarding team formation and pitches.
 
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, “He [Kundra] has admitted to betting. He used to bet on his own team. We have also come to know that he has lost a lot of money in betting. He used to bet through Goenka, who is also a bookie.”
 
SN Srivastava, Special Commissioner (Special Cell), said Goenka in his statement before a magistrate informed that he used to place bets for Kundra besides making a reference to Shetty that she also placed bets “once”.
 
“During questioning, Kundra has mentioned that he was placing bets for the last three years and the amount that he lost, all put together, was to be around Rs 1 crore,” he said.
 
“It is in the statement [of Goenka that Shetty placed bets]. We have not gone ahead and verified it as of now. But then we are in the process of verification,” he said.
 
Srivastava said he cannot give a timeline to whether Kundra will be called again.
 
In Kolkata, Jagmohan Dalmiya, chief of the interim BCCI arrangement, said that the Kundra issue will be discussed at the BCCI emergency meeting on June 10 in New Delhi.
 
In 2008, Goenka returned and started Ashwani Steel Private Ltd in which he had 16 per cent share while Kundra had 42 per cent stake.

Sources said the name of Goenka 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.

To a question, the Delhi police chief said they have not invoked MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999) in the case to deny bail to players. “We have applied law based on the crime committed,” he said.

“There are reports that it has been slapped to prevent bail. But there is no such intention. We would apply the laws which are applicable in a case according to the nature of the crime,” Kumar said.

Players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested on charges of spot-fixing during the recent IPL tournament after which they were sacked by Rajasthan Royals.

Delhi Police had earlier created a stir by claiming that Sreesanth and the two other players had acted at the “command” of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel, among India’s most wanted, as it invoked the stringent MCOCA against 23 accused in the case.

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