Sreesanth sent Ajit Chandila to meet bookmakers in Gurgaon mall

S Sreesanth is allegedly involved in spot-fixing controversy © Getty Images (File Photo)

New Delhi: May 16, 2013

Delhi Police said that Rajasthan Royals pacer S Sreesanth had sent Ajit Chandila at Sahara Mall in Gurgaon to meet the bookies who operated in Gujarat, as the front runners for Dawood Ibrahim’s D company. The meeting lasted about 45, minutes. Delhi police has the evidence of the meet. Police said two bookies, recognized as Jiju and one who goes by the code name Jupiter, represent D company and had met players in Gurgaon on May 6 and 7, the Indian Express reported.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested pacer S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals colleagues Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on Thursday. The police were tapping the trio’s phones from the start of April. Nearly 70 phones were tapped by the special cell. The cops said Chavan fixed the Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians match, while Sreesanth fixed the Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI match.

The three, along with seven bookies, have been arrested for spot-fixing of IPL 2013 matches. Sreesanth was arrested from his friend’s place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers were arrested last night from the Trident hotel at Nariman Point for their alleged role in this saga.

The arrests took place straight away after the players returned to their team hotel, following their match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium which the visitors lost by 14 runs.

Police said Sreesanth contacted with bookmakers through Whatapp and Blackberry Messenger and was not in direct touch with them over phone. He purportedly roped in Chandila and Chavan in the fixing. Police said the money trail was routed through Dubai and about 30 calls were routed through Pakistan.

Sources said about Rs 25 lakh was paid to each of the aforementioned player, while part payment was in cash, the rest was to be paid in dollars. Rajasthan Royals’ team management will be called later to be questioned on whether they were aware of any of this according to the police.

Delhi police sources also said these players were under the scanner for their role in spot-fixing in some of the earlier IPL match but they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.

The police are in search for two more bookies in Delhi.

Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghu Iyer said that the three players were arrested by Delhi police last night and the team management was co-operating with the investigation.

“Rajasthan Royals has zero tolerance for corruption and we will take action, if charges are proved,” Iyer said. Rajasthan also issued a statement in which they said that they are shocked by the development.

“We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything…We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game,” the statement said.

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