New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday claimed that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra had admitted to placing bets on his team through a bookie-friend. According to the police, Kundra lost around Rs 1 crore in betting over the last three years.
Investigators also claimed Kundra (36) told them that he lost around Rs 1 crore in the past three years in betting in IPL matches. However, police said they have no evidence yet to implicate Kundra in fixing matches.

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Shetty denied the allegations on Twitter saying her involvement in betting is ‘complete nonsense’ and that she has ‘never bet on any cricket match ever’. The tweets were re-tweeted by Kundra.

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Kundra, a British national, was questioned for 11 hours on Wednesday after cricketer Sidharth Trivedi (30) told police that his business partner-friend Umesh Goenka (36) used to ask for information regarding team formation and pitches.
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."

Goenka placed bets for Kundra
SN 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’.
"During questioning, Kundra has mentioned that he was placing bets for the last three years and the amount that he lost, all put together, was to be around Rs one crore," he said.

"It is in the statement (of Goenka that Shetty placed bets). We have not gone ahead and verified it as of now. But then we are in the process of verification," he added. Srivastava said he cannot give a timeline to whether Kundra will be called again.

If police claims are to be believed, Kundra started betting in IPL matches after getting 11.7 percent stake in Rajasthan Royals in the third edition of the T20 tournament.
Kundra is the second IPL team owner after Chennai Super Kings' Gurunath Meiyappan who is in the dock for alleged betting. If the charges against the owners are proved, BCCI can give Rajathan Royals the boot from IPL.

Passport of Kundra, Goenka confiscated
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.
According to sources, Kundra became one of the owners of the team in the third season of IPL. From the next season onwards, Goenka started watching matches along with Kundra, who used give him match passes.
"Kundra used to place bets for the past three years. He used to place bets with Goenka. Goenka was a bookie and forwarded bets to others on behalf of Kundra," a senior police official said.
On the basis of Goenka's statement, he said, they had to call Kundra for questioning.

Shilpa Shetty denies allegations
Reacting to police's claim, Shetty tweeted, "We love cricket, it's the passion for the sport that made us a part of IPL. It's extremely disheartening to keep clarifying that.
"For those who care, my apparent involvement in betting is complete nonsense and I have never bet on any cricket match ever. Truth will prevail. I won't be saying any more as the case is sub-judice," she said.


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