The Enforcement Directorate, Ahmedabad, has included the IPL-6 match-fixing investigation by Mumbai police in 2013 in its chargesheet filed on Monday before a special designated court against the seven alleged cricket bookies. The inclusion of Mumbai police investigation hints that ED is zeroing in on suspects who evaded Mumbai police investigation and are reportedly involved in match- fixing in the later editions of IPL tournaments.
This paper had reported that ED has received information leading to match-fixing of at least three matches in the recently held IPL tournament.
The ED chargesheet states, “During the course of investigation under PMLA, it further emerged that in the year 2013 Crime Branch, Mumbai had also registered an FIR into allegations of match-fixing etc….”
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Quoting the Mumbai police investigation, the ED has mentioned that some of the known accused were still active, including Ritesh Bansal alias Bharat Delhi. Bansal is accused number 16 in the chargesheeted filed by Mumbai police. He was arrested by enforcement officials on May 9 from Gurgoan, along with his brother Ankush.
Mumbai police had chargesheeted 22 persons while nine other have been mentioned as suspects who were not arrested.
Sources in the ED said that besides these accused, there are many others involved in the betting and match-fixing racket.
ED is expecting the arrest of four more persons against whom a non-bailable warrant has been issued.
They are Thane-based Anil Jaisinghani, Jaipur-based brothers and alleged bookies – Vineet and Rahul Gangwal – and Sukhmunder Singh Sodhi. At least one of them is said to be involved in match-fixing.
ED filed its first chargesheet against seven alleged bookies, identified as Girish alias Tommy Patel, Kiran Mala Chirag Parikh, Dharmendra Chauhan, all residents of Ahmedabad, Ritesh and Ankush Bansal and Mukesh Kumar Sharma, all from Delhi.
The chargesheet states that “Maruti Ahmedabad”, run by the accused based in Ahmedabad, “received and placed various bets from a large number of bookies amounting to over Rs 2,469 crore on different matches played between December 4, 2014 till March 19, 2015 (World Cup).”
Besides, Sharma has been alleged as a key bookie operating through UK’s online betting website http://www.betfair.com.