With every passing day, the recent spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League is taking a new turn. The police, on Thursday (May 11), had arrested the three bookies from a hotel where Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils teams were staying after playing the match at the Green Park stadium. The three accused were identified as Ramesh Nayan Shah, a businessman from Thane Mumbai, Ramesh Kumar of Chunnigunj Kanpur and Vikas Chauhan of Pukhrayan, Kanpur Dehat.
During the interrogation, Ramesh Nayan Shah, a former Under-19 player of Maharashtra, had claimed that two Gujarat Lions players were in touch with him. But the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption & Security Unit is currently busy in handing over the clean chits to the suspected players and have brought the whole investigation process under the scanner.
News outlet DNA has made a sensational revelation that the CCTV footage of the hotel’s 17th floor on which the three bookies were staying, has shown three prominent players of Gujarat Lions entering Room No 1733 along with mastermind bookie Bunty before the game against Delhi Daredevils in Kanpur on Wednesday (May 10). Interestingly, two of those players were earlier part of the now-suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The Chennai-based franchise along with Rajasthan Royals was suspended before the 2016 edition on corruption charges.
The police have stated that the alleged players would be called for interrogation if needed but the way Bunty was allowed to leave the hotel premises so easily raises eyebrows especially that the police is now searching for him in Ajmer.
Sources have confirmed that Bunty had allegedly sent a text message to his Dubai link, confirming that “Gujarat’s players have been managed and they will lose the game”.
Gujarat had gone on to lose the match in a dramatic fashion even after posting a mammoth 195. With 9 runs needed from the final over, Amit Mishra had sealed the game in Delhi’s favour by hitting two consecutive boundaries.
The report further claimed that one of those two alleged Gujarat Lions players is the same whose name is believed to be in the list of 13 names submitted to Supreme Court in a sealed envelope by Justice Mukul Mudgal-led team in 2015 after the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Meanwhile, the BCCI officials are miffed with the ACSU chief Neeraj Kumar for handing clean chits to all players without proper investigation.
“As per BCCI’s constitution, ACSU reports directly to Board president. Since the Board is in shambles right now, it is the duty of Committee of Administrators (COA) to ensure that thorough investigation is carried out in this case,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
Recalling the 2013 incident when former Rajasthan Royal players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off the hook despite being arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in match-fixing, the official said:
“ACSU chief was the Delhi’s police commissioner then. If he failed to nail any player then, how can you expect a different outcome now when he has no power whatsoever?”