IPL scam: Six bookies arrested in Goa

New Delhi/Panaji, May 27 (IANS) Six bookies allegedly involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal were arrested by Goa Police Monday.

"Ketan Chavera, Amit Papat, Ritesh Patel, Paresh Asad Kota, Sandeep Asad Kota and Nikunj Lalan were arrested from a beach resort in Candolim after the Delhi Police intimated the Goa Police about them hiding there," said a Delhi Police officer.

"The bookies' names surfaced during the interrogation of Tinku Mandy, a bookie in custody of Delhi Police. Mandy identified the bookies from a CCTV footage provided by Goa Police and the raid was conducted," the officer said.

Mandy was arrested May 15 midnight with Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and 10 other bookies from Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Five others were arrested later in the spot fixing scandal.

All the arrested bookies are from Mumbai and were involved in taking bets through the high profile league's matches, including the final match between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings held in Kolkata Sunday night.

"They had been camping in Goa for about 45 days to collect bets for the IPL," Goa Police Inspector Nilesh Rane said.

The IPL lasted for 45 days. The bookies had gone to Goa from Mumbai.

"Four laptops, 44 mobile phones, an Apple i-Pad, an LCD TV, four mobile phone charging boards with 40 sockets, a printer and a mobile phone signal booster were recovered from their possession," according to the police.

Goa's Deputy Inspector General of Police O.P. Mishra told reporters in Panaji that Mumbai police would be contacted to find out if the arrested bookies have a prior record or arrests.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police have claimed credit for the arrests in Goa.

Delhi Police started the chain of raids on bookies across the country last week by arresting the three Rajasthan Royals players.

Delhi Police had shown some photographs taken from the CCTV footage provided by Goa Police to Mandy and he identified the six bookies.

Goa Police sources confirmed that the lead for the raid was provided by a Delhi Police team, which landed in Goa last week.

Goa Police, however, claim that the arrests have nothing to do with Delhi Police, although Mishra admitted that a Delhi Police team was in Goa to track a bookie operation.

"This was our information. The Delhi Police team is also in Goa. Whenever they ask for co-operation, they are provided with it," Mishra said.

Mishra said the bookies had rented a villa for Rs.2 lakh in Candolim, a popular beach village, 15 km from Panaji.

"They had been staying in Goa for over 45 days and had been accepting bets on most IPL matches, including the final. For the final, they were accepting bets on both teams," Mishra said.

Police also said they have received the raw footage of all the 16 matches played by Rajasthan Royals from official IPL broadcaster SetMax for further examination.

Asked about the involvement of some more players, sources said prima facie they have "found something" against them but they do not have enough evidence as of now to arrest them.

"We have crossed the first hurdle. But that's not enough," a Goa Police official said

A total of 19 people have been arrested so far by Delhi Police in the spot fixing case in which 14 people have been sent to judicial custody and others are still on police remand.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bowling worries for Super Kings

Bowling worries for Super Kings

After failing to defend a mammoth 205 against Kings XI Punjab, Chennai have a lot to think about. More »

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

T20 test for Cheteshwar Pujara

T20 test for Cheteshwar Pujara

The class act from Saurashtra may have to rethink his approach to the mannerless format. More »

Special meeting to replace Srinivasan

Special meeting to replace Srinivasan

The BCCI is likely to convene a special general body meeting (SGM) in May to replace N Srinivasan on the board's disciplinary committee. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Roach escapes injury after car crash

Roach escapes injury after car crash

The West Indies fast bowler lost control of his BMW sedan due to slippery road conditions in his native Barbados on Saturday. More »

[INTERVIEW] Jayawardene and Sangakkara

[INTERVIEW] Jayawardene and Sangakkara

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara go over their World T20 win, and feel grateful to have fans whose support remains unwavering in victory and de… More »

Need to improve fielding: Ashwin

Need to improve fielding: Ashwin

[T20 Newsline] Lacklustre Super Kings, fast-improving Sanju Samson and other news from IPL-7. More »

Aussie coach joins emerging Afghanistan

Aussie coach joins emerging Afghanistan

Peter Anderson has started work in Kabul as the fast-developing team prepare for their debut at next year's World Cup. More »

Cook relieved after period in limbo

Cook relieved after period in limbo

The England captain is looking forward to a fresh start after a dispiriting Ashes defeat last year. More »

Repose faith in Indian coaches

Repose faith in Indian coaches

All of them cost plenty of dollars which I feel is unnecessary for a two- month tournament, says former cricketer Yajurvindra Singh. More »

Panel can help clean mess: Raghavan

Panel can help clean mess: Raghavan

The former CBI Director is one of three candidates proposed by the BCCI to head the enquiry into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal. More »

Chaos threatens to engulf SL again

Chaos threatens to engulf SL again

As Lanka's head coach decides to jump ship, euphoria over winning an ICC tournament has dissipated into fuistration. More »

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct

Sri Lanka's chief selector is upset at news of head coach Paul Farbrace's possible move to England. More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »