IPL scandal: Four more arrested

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Four more people were arrested in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal, police said Wednesday.

“Nitin Sharma, Monu Sharma alias Vinod Sharma and Vicky Chaudhary were arrested Tuesday night by the Special Cell of Delhi Police,” a police official told IANS.

He added that they have also arrested Abhishek Shukla, a friend of Rajasthan Royals cricketer S. Sreesanth, who allegedly cleaned up the cricketer’s hotel room soon after his arrest and was called by Delhi Police for questioning.

Shukla, an event manager, revealed that he was called by Jiju Janardhan, an arrested bookie, after Sreesanth’s arrest to hide some money and belongings of the cricketer.

Replying to queries about how Janardhan knew that Sreesanth had been arrested, the official said that Rajeev Pillai, a south Indian actor who was with Sreesanth in a car at the time of his arrest, informed Janardhan, who called Shukla.

“Shukla’s PAN number was given for Sreesanth’s transactions. He knows Sreesanth for five to six years,” the official said.

Shukla has been taken to Mumbai to recover the hidden money and some of Sreesanth’s belongings.

About the roles of Nitin Sharma, Monu Sharma and Vicky, the official said that Bhupendra Singh Nagar, who was arrested Monday, had revealed their role in the scandal.

“Nagar was approached by Vicky, a bouncer in a nightclub of a prominent hotel in Delhi, who requested him to arrange a meeting with Chandila as he wanted to meet some cricketers,” the official said.

During the investigation, Nagar told police that Vicky and his two bookie friends – Nitin and Monu – met outside the Billionaire Hotel in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area in the first week of May. Nagar took them to Jaipur where they met Chandila in the second week of May.

Nitin Sharma and Monu Sharma are punters. They asked Chandila about the result of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) that took place on May 12 in Bihar’s Ranchi. Chandila predicted KKR’s win.

He was promised Rs.30 lakh if KKR won and was given an advance of Rs.2 lakh.

KKR indeed won the match but as it was a low-scoring match and KKR failed to get a good start, the punters lost a lot of money in the initial sessions. As a result, the punters later refused to pay the full amount.

After hectic negotiations, the punters relented and gave Rs.5 lakh more to Vicky for paying Chandila. But the money was pocketed by Vicky and Nagar.

Nitin and Monu are property dealers and they have their office in the name of Laxmi Associates in east Delhi’s Karkardooma area.

Nitin resides in north Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area and he also runs a factory in Ghaziabad’s Loni area. Monu belongs to east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar.

Delhi Police have arrested 26 people in connection with the IPL scandal. Of these, 18 have been sent to judicial custody, including Rajasthan Royals’ players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

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