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"I paid INR 100 million to SL player to fix an IPL match:" Indian bookie

 

Bookie Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Malad has told the Mumbai city crime branch that he paid INR 100 million to a Sri Lankan player for fixing an IPL match

"I paid INR 100 million to SL player to fix an IPL match:" Indian bookie

 

An Indian bookie has made a sensational claim that he has paid INR 100 million (LKR 234.5 million) to an unnamed Sri Lankan player to fix an Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty/20 match.
 
Bookie Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Malad has told the Mumbai city crime branch that he paid INR 100 million to a Sri Lankan player for fixing an IPL match, The Times of India reported yesterday.
 
Jalan also claimed that some Indian cricketers are also involved in match-fixing, the daily quoted its unidentified sources as saying.
 
But the report does not identify either the Sri Lankan player or Indian crickets allegedly involved in fixing IPL matches. Nor does it refer to any specific IPL match which was sought to be fixed by the bookie.
 
The Mumbai crime branch arrested Jalan alongwith Devendra Kothari alias Bhaiyyaji on Thursday. They are believed to be part of a bigger international cricket betting racket, the crime branch officials said.
 
On Thursday, the property cell of the crime branch raided a building at Lokandwala in Kandivili, a Mumbai suburb, and busted a major betting racket.The police arrested Kothari, Jalan and two others, and seized two laptops, voice recorders, computers, 25 cellphones, and INR 518,000 in cash.
 
All the accused were booked under the Prevention of Gambling Act, and were remanded to police custody.
 
Betting on sport is illegal in India.
 
According to sources quoted by the newspaper, Kothari and Jalan’s network—-whose monthly turnover is said to be INR 5 billion—-is allegedly controlled by a Pakistan-based gang belonging to Chhota Shakeel.
 
Jalan was arrested last year too from Andheri, another Mumbai suburb, in another case of gambling by the social service branch of the Mumbai police. Kothari was also an accused in that case, but could not be traced.
 
In the fresh case, Kothari and Jalan had clients and punters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. In India, the gang has its associates in Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana.
 
Assistant Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti said: "We had information that the gang was accepting bets on IPL matches. Based on the information, we have arrested them. The gang is well-organised, and has all the betting assessment software to manage their betting business."
 
The gang also asked one of its members to open an account with the official UK betting site Betfair, and passed on the passwords to Jalan and Kothari, who would access it and find out the rates and accept the bets accordingly.
 
One cannot place online bets on Betfair in India because betting on sport is illegal here.
 
(Island)
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