The Crime Branch of Delhi Police claimed to have busted a syndicate allegedly involved in betting for several ongoing cricket World Cup matches with the arrest of one person. Police said they have also recovered 110 mobile phones and laptops that were being used to provide ball-to-ball betting rates to bookies.
The accused has been identified as 57-year-old Shanti Swaroop Bhatia, police said, adding that the racket had been on since the World Cup started.
“We received information about Bhatia providing live betting rates on phone to several bookies during the India-Bangladesh quarterfinal match from his house in Paschim Vihar. After verifying the information, a raid was conducted to nab him.”
Police said Bhatia built a special operating system in his almirah. Through this, he could converse with over 100 people simultaneously.
“He had set up mobile phones in such a way that his voice was audible on all phones at the same time. He was caught announcing betting rates after receiving them from a main line provider source. He was receiving the rates on his mobile phone connected with a headphone,” JCP (Crime) Ravinder Yadav said.
During questioning, Bhatia told police that he continuously received updated rates on each ball of the match from the main line provider and these were promptly communicated to all bookies connected to him.
Investigation is in on to trace his source of information on betting rates and the clients to whom he was providing the information, Yadav said.