sns & agencies
NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE: The IPL spot-fixing scandal today took a sensational turn with the Delhi Police claiming that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra has admitted to placing bets on his team while his actress-wife Shilpa Shetty is likely to be questioned shortly on similar charges.
A day after Kundra was questioned for about 11 hours, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, “He (Kundra) has admitted to betting. He used to bet on his own team. We have also come to know that he has lost a lot of money in betting. He used to bet through Goenka, who is also a bookie.”
However, he said they were not in a position to arrest Kundra right now because police did not have evidence other than his own confession to investigators which is not admissible in court.
Mr S N Srivastava, Special Commissioner (Special Cell), said Goenka in his statement before a magistrate informed that he used to place bets for Kundra besides making a reference to Shetty that she also placed bets “once”. Shetty is likely to be questioned soon.
Police claimed that it had evidence that the 38-year-old actress had indulged in betting in one of the IPL matches in the just concluded season. However, they said that they had no evidence of her indulging in spot-fixing.
Police have confiscated the passports of Kundra and Goenka to ensure that they do not leave the country during investigations. Kundra has since flown back to Mumbai and will be quizzed again soon.
Police sources said that the entire money used in betting by Kundra seemed to have been transacted through Hawala.
"Since Kundra is a key official of Royals, we need to question him further before deciding on his arrest," said the official.
If Delhi Police claims are to be believed, Kundra started betting in IPL matches after getting 11.7 per cent stake in Rajasthan Royals in the third edition of the T20 tournament.
An emergency working committee meeting of the BCCI will be held June 10 to discuss the issue of Raj Kundra’s alleged involvement. Announcing the decision at a media meet, BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya named Sanjay Patel of the Baroda Cricket Association as the new secretary to replace Sanjay Jagdale, who has resigned.
Dalmiya also announced
that the BCCI would look into the alleged conflict of interest issue concerning Indian captain MS Dhoni’s stakes in a sports management firm after the
ongoing Champions Trophy
and promised there would be
Iterating that no board member should be part of the commission formed to probe the allegations of betting in the IPL against BCCI chief N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, Dalmiya said it would now be a two-member body, comprising retired judges appointed earlier. He also refused to announce a time-frame for the panel to submit its report.
SPOT-FIXING NET SPREADS WIDER
– Investigators claim that Kundra told them that he had lost around Rs 1 crore in the past three years while betting in IPL matches
– Police have confiscated the passports of Kundra and bookie Goenka to ensure that they do not leave the country during investigations
-Delhi Police is probing if Kundra’s wife Shilpa Shetty is into betting
– Police said that on the basis of Goenka&’s statement, they had to call Kundra for interrogation