Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar spoke to Prawesh Lama and Shalini Narayan on the investigations into the IPL spot-fixing controversy:
How did you track the bookies and players? When did you decide to arrest S Sreesanth,Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan?
We received information about spot-fixing in March and our teams have been working on the case since then. We had kept the phone numbers of some suspected members of the underworld under surveillance… we heard them talking about cricket and realised they were bookies who were talking to the players about spot-fixing. When our team watched last Wednesdays match in which Ankeet Chavan gave away runs,we knew we had enough evidence and made the move.
Was any permission sought before arresting Sreesanth and the other players?
One does not require any permission to arrest an accused in such cases. The Ministry of Home Affairs was kept in the loop at the time of the arrests.
Do you have enough evidence to prove your case
We have abundant proof. We have taken the cricketers voice samples. The footage of the spot-fixing has been shared with the media. We have also recovered cash,and hope to recover other evidence as well.
We have corroborated the statements of the accused persons.
The players had purchased very expensive gifts with the money they got. We have records of Sreesanth buying high-end items.
As for the bookies,they became rich overnight some bought properties and invested their money.
Are underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon the ringleaders of this spot-fixing racket?
The bookies spoke to the intermediaries of the Mumbai underworld who are settled abroad. We have proof of this. I cannot take any names as code names were used during these conversations.
Are there going to be more arrests?
I cannot predict any figure at the moment but yes,our teams are on the lookout for more people. Several teams are working in this operation,each team has been assigned a particular job.