New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Jacob Martin was arrested by the Delhi Police on Wednesday from Babarpur area of East Delhi in connection with a human trafficking case.

Martin, who has represented India in ten ODIs, was wanted in a 2004 case in which he was accused of sending a person named Nimesh Kumar abroad on a fake passport, Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner RA Sanjeev said.

Nimesh was arrested in his bid to travel abroad and spilled the beans during interrogation. Police has been on Martin’s trail ever since.Police have taken Martin on eight-day remand for further interrogation.


Sanjeev informed that Martin was working along with his agents Rajendra Bhai Patel and Janak Lal Bhogi Raj Pancholi.
Martin had formed a fake cricket club and used it as a front to fish out at least twenty people out of the country for which he allegedly charged Rs seven lakh each.

Police had summoned Jacob for questioning on several occasions after the arrest of Nimesh but he failed to turn up. He even managed to give a slip to the police party that visited his ancestral home in Vadodra.

While Rajendra was arrested in 2010, Jacob and Janak Lal Bhogi were declared absconder. Rajendra had informed police that he got only Rs 25,000 as commission for sending Nimesh to England and the rest was kept by Jacob.

DCP Sanjeev also informed that as per the primary investigation, at least five people out of the team of twenty were carrying fake passports. Investigation is on to identify the other four.

(JPN/Bureau)