Another bookie arrested for IPL spot fixing

Hyderabad/New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Another bookie was arrested Friday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal from Hyderabad, Delhi Police sources said.

Mohammad Ahya was arrested at the Hyderabad airport while trying to flee to Dubai, the sources said.

“One of the arrested bookies, Chandresh Patel, revealed Ahya’s name. We will be bringing him to Delhi,” a Delhi Police official said. This takes the number of arrests in the IPL spot fixing case to 19.

Ahya, based in Mumbai, was arrested by Delhi Police at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on the city’s outskirts when he was about to board a flight to Dubai, police sources said.

He had reached Hyderabad from Mumbai by road and was trying to flee the country. Sources said that a team of Delhi Police had taken him to the national capital.

Ahya started his career as a spot boy on film sets in 1984 in Mumbai, an official said.

“He was a conduit between bookies and fixers for this season’s IPL matches,” the officer added. “Ahya contacted several players for fixing.”

Rajasthan Royals’ cricketers S. Sreesanth and two others and actor Vindu Dara Singh are among those arrested on allegations of spot fixing in cricket.

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