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IPL Spot Fixing: Police arrests another bookie

Mumbai, May 18 : The Police on Saturday apprehended bookie Ramesh Vyas for his alleged involvement in the recent spot-fixing scandal that surfaced in the ongoing IPL.


Joint Mumbai Police Commissioner Crime, Himanshu Roy said to media, "We have arrested a bookie named Ramesh Vyas and seized 92 mobile phones, 18 SIM cards from him."

According to reports Vyas had connections with the bookies found guilty on the spot-fixing scandal.

Earlier, as the probe into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing continued, the Mumbai Police on Saturday raided a 5 star hotel here which was allegedly occupied by pacer S Sreesanth.

Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on Thursday for their role in spot-fixing.

The Mumbai Police reportedly seized laptops from the hotel.

Roy added, "A laptop, iPad, mobile phone, cash data card, a diary which appears in the handwriting of Sreesanth was recovered from his hotel room."

Hours after three cricketers were arrested on Thursday, the Delhi Police revealed the nexus between the players and confirmed the involvement of Mumbai 'underworld' in the scam. In the media the buzz is about Dawood Ibrahim's crime syndicate D-Company's shadow over the IPL scam.

According to the Police, Vyas had links with Sunil Dubai, who served as the mediator between the bookies and Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees Ibrahim.

Police reported that among the 92 phones that were seized from Vyas, 32 phones had been used to call Dubai and Pakistan.

Moreover, the Police also nabbed a close aide of Sreesanth, Jiju Janardhanan, who dealt with other bookies on behalf of Sreesanth, from the same hotel and recovered an I pad from his possession.

"We are taking CCTV footage of the hotel where Sreesanth and Jiju were staying to find out who visited them," Roy said.

Giving details of the spot fixing scandal that rocked the ongoing cash-rich IPL, Delhi Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar said three matches were fixed.

The Delhi Police also showed video footage against all the cricketers who were arrested in connection with the scam.

The police is scanning the various IPL matches, including those not involving Rajasthan Royals, to spot anomalies based on taped conversations of bookies.

IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla said, "The management has promised that the harshest punishment will be meted out to found guilty. The BCCI working committee will meet in Chennai and the course of action will be decided after the preliminary report is submitted."

Shukla added, "Will have to keep cricket clean."

--IBNS (Posted on 18-05-2013)

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