press trust of india
NEW DELHI, 28 JUNE: An alleged key bookie arrested in the IPL spot-fixing case was today remanded by a Delhi court to four-day custody of Delhi Police which said he needs to be questioned to unearth the “deep-rooted conspiracy” behind the scam.
Additional sessions judge Raj Rani Mitra sent Jitendra Jain, alias Jeetu, to police remand till 2 July after he was produced before the court. Jitendra was arrested from Ahmedabad yesterday after being on the run for over a month.
Delhi police had sought 10 days remand saying he was one of the main bookies and was in constant touch with several bookies prior to their arrest in the case.
The investigating agency also told the court that he is allegedly part of a syndicate which functioned under the command of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel. The agency said Jitendra will have to be interrogated to find out the chain of events leading up to the whole spot-fixing scandal.
Jitendra is the 29th person to be arrested in the case and provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) have been invoked against him. Delhi Police, on 16 May, had arrested three cricketers ~ S Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan of Rajasthan Royal’s ~ on charges of spot-fixing. The Delhi Police had also slapped provisions of MCOCA on Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and 25 others in the case, alleging they were acting under the command of Dawood and Shakeel, for which the police came in for some harsh criticism from the court.