IPL spot-fixing: Bookies also supplied women to players, say cops

Spot FixingIt seems it wasn't just money — up to Rs 60 lakh for bowling a crooked over — that was on offer to the Royals players. (IE Photo)

Police had asked the home ministry in March for permission to tap this man's phone. Sources said Salmaan may or may not be his real name, but confirmed that this individual figured in their database of persons indulging in anti-national activity, and who have connections with the underworld in Dubai and Mumbai.

It was some time in April that investigators picked up conversations between Salmaan and several bookies which clearly indicated that some matches of the forthcoming IPL season would be "fixed", sources said. As the circle of suspects widened, the police sought a second round of permissions from the home ministry.

After Wednesday's match between the Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians ended in Mumbai, the Delhi Police took the unprededented step of informing both the home ministry and IPL organisers of the coming swoop. It was, however, not clear if they were also told who the specific targets of the action would be.

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