Anumber of the bookies arrested in the IPL match-fixing bust are from Gujarat and police suspect the involvement of betting racketeer Dinesh Kalgi,now in hiding.
Ramesh Vyas,arrested by the Mumbai police,and Delhi police catches Chandresh Patel alias Jupiter and Manan Bhatt are from Gujarat. The Ahmedabad police are probing the trios links with Kalgi and his aides. Cricketer-turned-suspect Amit Singh,Janardan,Kothari and Upendra Bhatt,Manans father,too are from Gujarat.
Jupiter is suspected to have arranged the meeting between S Sreesanth and bookies of Karachi and Dubai, a crime branch officer said.
Vyas is suspected to have been in touch with Kalgis aides in Ahmedabad,the officer added,adding Kalgi has been running his racket for over five years now. The Delhi police are seeking the help of the Ahmedabad crime branch in unearthing the network,says the crime branch officer. More bookies of Ahmedabad are involved,and they are men in Kalgis betting network.
The crime branch claims to have foiled five major betting rackets in the last six years in which officers say Kalgis men were involved.
Kalgi,whose real name is Dinesh Babu Thakkar,used to run a small flower shop and later worked at a gambling joint run by Mahendra Mukhi. Skilled with cards,he became a major betting racketeer in five years,using alleged connections with aides of slain gangster Abdul Latif.
Ahmedabad police tapped Kalgis phones and said they traced calls to Pakistan. In an operation at Sudama Resorts in Ahmedabad,144 people including bookies were once arrested with cash,demand drafts,and gold biscuits. That was the only operation in which police could zero in on Kalgi’s network; he was picked up and later externed from the city.
Dawood henchman Abdul Latif and Abdul Wahabs aides are still supplying money to gamblers. Bookies arrested in several operations from Ahmedabad were found using Karachi and Dubai links, the officer said. He named Yusuf Laplap,Mehboob Baig alias Senior,Munaf Bata,Rashid Bata,Ahmed Mandali and Adam Mandali as close to both Kalgi and Latif.