Top Mumbai cop says phones used to contact IPL bookies in India, Dubai and Pakistan

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mumbai, Himanshu Roy revealed on Saturday 30 phones were used during the spot-fixing episode in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

He said these phones were used to connect with bookies in India, Pakistan and Dubai via conference calls.

"We raided premises in the Kalbadevi area on 14 May and arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas. 92 mobile phones were seized, 18 simcards, a laptop and cash. 30 of these phones were used to facilitate connecting bookies in India, Pakistan and Dubai via conference calls," Roy said.

"We've also arrested another bookie today. The interrogation of Vyas revealed he was in touch with certain bookies whose names figured in the current match fixing issue. Yesterday he revealed that Sreesanth booked himself independently into a five-star hotel. We searched two rooms issued in the names of Sreesanth and Jiju Janardhan. Sreesanth's room shows that it was lived in and we recovered his laptop, an iPad, mobile phone, cash, data card, diaries (in Sreesanth's handwriting and written in English and Malayalam), cricket kits etc. The other room - Jiju's - showed also it was lived in and we recovered an iPad, a mobile phone and personal belongings from there," he added.

"We've reason to believe that both checked into the hotel late on the night of 13 May. We are recreating their movements on 14 and 15 May and are in process of obtaining CCTV camera feeds to understand who visited him while he was in hotel. We will also analyse his gadgets. Pankaj Shah alias Pappu was also arrested today. The bookings were done by a company - Tamarind Tours and Travels. We will find out more about this company," Roy concluded.

Meanwhile, President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N.Srinivasan on Saturday termed the tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketers as "dirty cricketers" who have let the Indian Premier League (IPL) down and should be put behind bars.

"If permitted, we will file a criminal case against them, IPL has not let down people, its the dirty cricketers who have let down people. We feel bad that such a thing has happened. But I don't have to personally apologise as long as people can see that we are acting against the problem" said BCCI chief.

Raids are also likely to be conducted at a few more places on Sunday. (ANI)


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