Three persons have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in Bangalore for running an organized betting racket in the course of the opening match of the Champions League T20 tournament that is currently on in India. The trio had organized session betting and match betting during the CL-T20 opener between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday night.
They were operating from a residence in central Bangalore, police said. The arrested persons were identified as Shivanna alias Shivakumar, 56, Prakash, 37, and Sunil, 38, all residents of Bangalore. The police conducted a raid on the house where the betting racket was being operation from and seized Rs 8.27 lakh in cash, 10 mobile phones and a laptop.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the arrested persons were in touch with bookies in Rajasthan, Mumbai and Kolkata, police said. The investigation revealed that the organizers of the racket used the Betfair website to fix the odds for events in the game between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders. One of the accused who was arrested Shivanna is a habitual offender and has been arrested for the fourth time for organising a cricket betting racket, police said. He was earlier arrested in 2007, 2009 and 2012.