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Delhi Police swoop on Rajasthan Royals' Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, accuse them of spot-fixing
Bowlers allegedly agreed to give predetermined runs in an over for upto Rs 60 lakh from bookies
BCCI suspends the players from IPL, Board chief says a few bad eggs won't be allowed to sully game
Plunging the Indian Premier League into crisis, the Delhi Police on Thursday arrested three bowlers of the Rajasthan Royals, including India pacer S Sreesanth, and 11 bookies and claimed they had busted a major spot-fixing racket in the T20 tournament. Police claimed the bowlers conceded a minimum number of runs in a pre-decided over in exchange for money.
Haryana off-spinner Ajit Chandila and Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan are the other two bowlers who were arrested with Sreesanth in Mumbai after Wednesday's match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. They were brought to the capital on Thursday and, along with the 11 bookies, remanded in police custody for five days.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told a press conference that the Special Cell had been working on the case for the past few weeks and was intercepting phone calls of the bookies and the cricketers. A team of Special Cell officers reached Mumbai and nabbed the three cricketers and the bookies after the match, which Rajasthan lost to Mumbai.
Sreesanth was arrested from a friend's house on Carter Road, Chandila from outside Hotel Intercontinental and Chavan from his room at the Trident hotel.
Police have not yet shown the recovery of Rs 1.2 crore that allegedly changed hands between the bookies and players. It was also not clear how a batsman who was not in the loop could be expected to score the minimum number of runs agreed upon between the bookies and the bowler involved.
Three Delhi-based bookies who were allegedly in touch with the players and four other bookies were arrested from Delhi and Gurgaon. The police said that the bookies were from Rajouri Garden, Rohini and Gurgaon. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy has been registered at the Lodhi Colony special cell police station.