Shattered,kin of arrested bookie,cricketer leave Ahmedabad

Manan Bhatt’s mother says lust for money did him in.

Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad | Published: May 18, 2013 3:10 am

Manan Bhatt’s mother says lust for money did him in.

The unfolding IPL scandal and related arrests have left devastated at least two families in the city,of alleged bookie Manan Bhatt and cricketer Amit Singh.

The family of 31-year-old Manan Bhatt left the city early Friday,a day after he was arrested along with three players for spot-fixing in IPL matches. The family lived in Azad Society.

Just before leaving the city,Manan’s mother Jyotiben Bhatt told The Indian Express her son had spoken to them last on May 14,when he called up enquire about the health of his wife,who has been pregnant for eight months and is expecting their first baby.

“I can’t believe what my son has done. We never thought a little freedom could spoil his and our life to this extent. He wanted to do business,but we did not have money to fund his dreams,” she said fighting tears.

Manan’s father Upendra Bhatt,who hails from Bhavnagar,used to work at a government department in Gandhinagar.

“We receive a decent pension,but Manan wanted lots of money. Once,I overheard him last month talking to someone about lakhs of rupees. When I asked him to explain,he confessed he was gambling and promised he would leave all this once he earned at least a crore of rupees. He told me he was going to receive over Rs 1 crore from a new deal in Mumbai,” she said.

Manan’s neighbours said he had failed his SSC Board exam and had been doing temporary jobs since then,including a stint with a call centre.

According to Manan’s family,he had several friends who dealt in the real estate and stocks,besides gambling.

“Now,when I think about all this,I understand he was always connected to these people. Those men whom he met regularly used him because he wanted money,” Jyotiben said.

During the raid by the Special Cell of Delhi Police,Manan was found in a room of Trident Hotel in Mumbai.

The family of Amit Singh,a Ranji Trophy player from Gujarat who has played for Rajasthan Royals in the past,is undergoing a similar ordeal after his arrest on Friday.

Amit’s bungalow (no 38) in Hari Om Society in upscale Bopal area,was found locked on Friday. His parents are said to have left for their native place in Karnataka.

Amit’s father is a retired Indian Air Force officer. His brother is also in IAF. Neighbours said Amit had been splurging on parties in the past few months.

A source close to Amit’s family said he recently got an employment offer from Axis bank and planned to take up the job in case his attempts to regain a place in Rajasthan Royals failed. Amit had been lobbying hard to get a place in the IPL team once again,the source said.

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