Over the last few weeks,the police monitored more than 100 hours of video footage and corroborated it with taped conversations.
Police sources alleged the players were paid between Rs 40 and Rs 80 lakh. The total size of the racket,however,is yet to be established.
S Sreesanth,they alleged,had received Rs 40 lakh,while Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were allegedly paid Rs 60 lakh for Wednesdays match. Sreesanth was allegedly in touch with the bookies for a while but the evidence of spot-fixing was found only in the latest edition of the IPL,police said.
One of the bookies,Biju alias Jiju Janardhan,was a club cricketer from South India and was known to Sreesanth for years.
Investigators said the financial transactions were done through hawala. Chandila was arrested outside Hotel Intercontinental in Mumbai where he had allegedly gone to meet a bookie. So far,the role of any other player or any other team management has not emerged, police commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.
Delhi special cell officers said that a unit was stationed at stadiums during all suspect matches. Since the alleged signals by the players were passed on during the end of overs or during drinks breaks,the officers watched the players closely. They said the bookies were also at the stadium to watch the signals from the bowlers and raised their bets.