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Bookie Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Malad has told the crime branch that he paid Rs 10 crore to a Sri Lankan cricket player for fixing a match. He also mentioned that some Indian cricketers were also involved in match fixing, sources said.

He along with Devendra Kothari alias Bhaiyyaji, were arrested by the city crime branch on Thursday. They are believed to be a part of a bigger international cricket betting racket, crime branch officials said.

The property cell of Mumbai crime branch on Thursday raided a building at Lokhandwala in Kandivli and busted a major cricket betting racket. Police arrested Kothari, Jalan and two others and seized two laptops, voice recorders, computers, 25 mobile phones and cash of Rs 5.18 lakh. All the accused were booked under prevention of gambling act and were remanded to police custody.

Sources said that Kothari and Sonu Jalan's betting network, whose turn over is around Rs 500 crore a month, is controlled by a Pakistan-based gang belonging to Chhota Shakeel. Sonu Jalan was arrested last year from Andheri in another case of gambling by the Social Service branch. Kothari was also an accused in that case and was not traceable.

In the fresh case, Kothari and Jalan had clients and punters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. In India, the gang has their associates in Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana.

"We had information that the gang was accepting bets on the IPL matches. Based on the information, we have arrested them. The gang is well-organised with having all the betting assessment software with them which helps them in managing their betting business" said Deven Bharti, additional commissioner of police.

The gang also asked their member or associates to open an account with the official UK betting site Betfair and passed on the passwords to Sonu and Kothari, who accessed it, found out the rates and accepted the bets accordingly. One cannot place on line bets on Betfair in India as betting on sport is illegal here.

Sonu, while in custody, had earlier told the police that he had paid around Rs 1 crore to an IPS officer for not arresting him. But he was arrested. He had threatened to lodge a complaint with the state anti-corruption bureau, but went on the backfoot after another senior IPS officer intervened. (Times of India)

  Comments - 16

  • TM Lal Saturday, 19 May 2012 09:08 AM

    It is not fair to point any SL player until the name of the actual culprit becomes apparent.

    MM Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:12 AM

    Our players are good not like stupid Indians

    Shai Sunday, 20 May 2012 10:58 PM

    Without investication cannot deny or agree

    ja Saturday, 19 May 2012 03:53 AM

    This could be true

    Hk Saturday, 19 May 2012 04:41 AM

    Ipl made for play n match fixing for Indians !

    keth Monday, 21 May 2012 07:29 AM

    OK so what,,, STOP watching asian cricket.

    raj Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:09 AM

    Who ever it is ,this is not true.....................

    dave Saturday, 19 May 2012 04:07 PM

    All macthes are fixed in IPL.
    All players are invovled. IPL should be banned forever.

    raj Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:09 AM

    These people trying to remove one of our key player aiming 20/20 world cup in Sep 2012.

    Just Another Citizen Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:33 AM

    Why don't they just come out with the names?

    joker Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:55 AM

    IPL is fixed from Day 1.

    karu Saturday, 19 May 2012 06:11 AM

    it may be one of former captain ??

    b Saturday, 19 May 2012 07:32 PM

    nobody can fix lankan guys currently at IPL as they are so bad and make no impact in what so ever manner to any match

    Dinesh Hettiarachchi Saturday, 19 May 2012 07:41 PM

    BULL SHIT talks. Sorry

    Lalith Saturday, 19 May 2012 08:06 PM

    If this is true,a life ban plus legal action should be taken against the player on our soil ! And also now keep several Polkatumala ready to hang on him at Katunayake

    Fair N Squarea Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:39 AM

    this type of cricket is not the GENTLEMAN'S game anymore.... The poor viewers/fans are taken for granted... You may fool some people some time not all the people all the time... IPL serves India well, for, Indians cricket is religion and the IPL body manipulates everything to make the billions that they make...

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