New Delhi: Paceman S Sreesanth and two other bowlers belonging to the Rajasthan Royals IPL team who were arrested on Thursday for spot-fixing, received upto Rs 60 lakh for one over for giving away runs as per arrangements with bookies with underworld connections abroad. 'More arrests in IPL spot-fixing' (Agencies)
The sensational arrests of the three players in the early hours of the morning in Mumbai by the Special Cell of Delhi Police has cast a shadow over the ongoing IPL tournament and the players have been suspended by the BCCI.
Police recorded conversation between players and bookies
At a crowded press conference, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that the Special Cell had hundreds of hours of recordings of phone conversations between the players and bookies, 14 of whom have also been arrested.
More arrests are on the anvil but the role of no other player, Indian or foreign, has come to light.
Players likely to be booked under MCOCA
The players and bookies, who have been brought to Delhi, have been charged under section 420 (cheating) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) but they are also likely to be booked under the stringent MCOCA, Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, which could land them in jail without bail and their confessions before a DCP level officer will be admissible in court.
Kumar gave a detailed account of the conversations that took place between bookies and the arrested Rajasthan Royals players -- Sreesanth and spinners Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.
Police reveals audio-visual proof of IPL matches
Kumar revealed explosive details of the modus operandi followed by bookies and the cricketers, giving audio-visual proof of three IPL matches which were manipulated.
Kumar revealed how bookies gave the caught players specific approval codes which were used to signify a compromised over during the matches.
"In certain overs they (the players) were supposed to give away a certain amount of runs. The bookies gave players instructions that they have to indicate that they would give away these runs," Kumar said.
Players used code words for communication
"The instructions were 'put the towel in your trousers or take time setting up the field or take out the shirt or the vests that you are wearing'," added Kumar, elaborating on the signals that the players used to convey their consent for the bookies' instructions.
Three matches spot fixed!
The top cop listed three Rajasthan Royals' matches – on May 5, 9 and 15 against Pune Warriors, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians respectively -- where spot-fixing took place.
40 lakh for per over!
"The first instance that came to our notice was Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors on May 5. In this match, as already agreed upon, Chandila gave 14 runs in the second over of his spell but he forgot to give the predetermined signal due to which the bookies could not bet in this match," Kumar said. "This led to an argument and demands for return of money. Rs 20 lakh was advanced to him and another 20 was to be given later. He had to return the money," he added.
More arrests are expected for spot-fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches but no more players are involved, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said on Thursday.
"More arrests are expected but those will be of bookies and no other player will be arrested. Only these three players were involved and no batsman is involved," he said at a packed press conference.
New Delhi: Paceman S Sreesanth and two other bowlers belonging to the Rajasthan Royals IPL team who were arrested on Thursday for spot-fixing, received upto Rs 60 lakh for one over for giving away runs as per arrangements with bookies with underworld connections abroad.
'More arrests in IPL spot-fixing'