IPL betting racket: Scale of money involved may be much bigger,says Panchkula police

The Haryana Police is investigating into whether a gang of 11 bookies who were arrested on Saturday had any connections with the betting racket on the outcome of IPL matches that was being run in the country.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Panchkula | Published: May 18, 2013 1:52 am

The Haryana Police is investigating into whether a gang of 11 bookies who were arrested on Saturday had any connections with the betting racket on the outcome of IPL matches that was being run in the country.

“We are investigating into the role of bookies who were arrested on Saturday,and are now on bail,in the Delhi IPL spot-fixing case,” said Commissioner,Panchkula-Ambala range,Rajbir Deswal. Police have found during investigations that the bookies would hire rooms and people would not only bet on the outcome of the IPL matches but also on the runs that could be made in one over or the wickets that would fall.

The police investigations have so far also revealed the hand of two local station house officers (SHOs) in the racket,and the probe has revealed that they were not only lax in allowing the betting happen in their areas,but had even let off some bookies after they had paid Rs 11 lakh to them.

Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Shriniwas Vashisht has taken strong note of the betting happening with impunity in Panchkula and has transferred one of the SHOs,Deepak Chauhan,of the Mansa Devi Police Station to Sirsa. Chauhan and another SHO from the Sector 20 police station,Surinder Kumar,are facing a departmental police probe.

A preliminary inquiry has revealed that both the SHOs took money to allow the betting.

Although,in the Saturday police raid,betting money of nearly Rs 1.2 lakh was recovered,besides the three television sets and mobile phones,police officials however said that the volume of money involved in the betting could be bigger. “The fact that the bookies gave Rs 11 lakh to two SHOs only points out the scale of money involved in the betting could be much bigger,” officials said.

According to police sources,the betting on the IPL matches was done in an organised manner. “One of the only positive things in the racket that has been going on in the city has been that the bookies would keep the records of the people who betted on the matches and pay them back in case they won,which only points out that the racket was run in an organised manner. They even maintained digital records and people would bet with thousands of rupees at stake and sometimes the people would visit the bookies or else call them up to bet on the matches and later get the money,” said a police official.

Police officials said that they are investigating whether there was money transferred into the accounts of people to run the racket in the city.

Deswal said that the police investigation is focused on the “hot spots’’ in the city which were used for IPL betting,adding that the officials at the police station level would be instructed to find out that whether such rackets are running from residential accommodations. “The owner of a house can’t absolve himself from this. We have found that the bookies had hired rooms to carry out the betting,” he said.

Police officials further add that during investigation it was found that the betting has been happening on all the IPL matches,but the gang which was busted has disclosed that much money was put into the betting on the outcome of the match between Delhi and Rajasthan.

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