IPL spot-fixing: Panel says players had links with underworld

The Justice Mukul Mudgal-headed panel slammed the Mumbai Police for being reluctant to investigate the involvement of Dawood.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed panel, which probed spot-fixing in last year’s IPL, said the whole episode demonstrated “disturbing links” between players, administrators, and politicians with underworld dons like Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

The Justice Mukul Mudgal-headed panel also slammed the Mumbai Police for being reluctant to investigate the involvement of Dawood. It also questioned why Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf was allowed to leave the country despite the proof of his involvement in spot-fixing.Dawood Ibrahim

“The whole episode reflects disturbing linkages between players/ administrators/politicians and declared terrorists and the underworld. The issues also throw light for the need of a thorough professional approach on the part of the investigative agencies to these disturbing linkages which evidently indicate a serious threat to national security,” said the report.

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“The betting organised by this huge structure involves a turnover of thousands of crores and the windfall profit ultimately benefits known terrorists, who route the money to indulge in terrorist activities and thus poses a serious threat to national security,” it said.

The Delhi Police too, while filing the chargesheet had named Dawood and Chhota Shakeel as the “kingpin who hatched the conspiracy”. 

“From a detailed inquiry, it has been established that accused were acting as part of a grand conspiracy hatched abroad by Dawood and Chhota Shakeel. Dawood personally set illegal betting rates for matches and at times manipulated odds on a likely winner through his bookies,” the chargesheet said.

Report said the Mumbai Police was aware of the fixing in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians three days before the match was played on May 15 last year through intercepted calls of Rauf.

“Rauf was never detained by Mumbai Police and was allowed to leave the country after completing his assignments. Even a discreet look-out notice was not issued against Rauf.”

“The extreme reluctance to address the issue of involvement of Dawood Ibrahim and the curious failure of Mumbai Police to detain Rauf, a Pakistani umpire, indicates possibilities which require further investigation,” the report said.

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