New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals cricketer Siddharth Trivedi, who is a prosecution witness in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal, was asked by several bookies to spot fix matches, a police officer said.
Trivedi, 30, a right-handed batsman and medium-pace bowler, revealed the information during his questioning by Delhi Police.
Trivedi, who had played for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was questioned by Delhi Police Thursday.
“During questioning, his role in criminal activities like spot fixing has been ruled out. As he had provided several information about some fixers and players, he has been made a prosecution witness,” said the official.
Trivedi’s statement was noted in the Saket court Friday.
The official said that Trivedi, whose IPL teammates colleagues S. Sreesant, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have been arrested, was offered money for spot fixing.
Trivedi was contacted by former Rajasthan Royals player Amit Singh for the first time in 2010. Singh was arrested as a bookie in the IPL spot fixing.
During a J.P. Atray Memorial Cricket tournament played in Chandigarh in September 2010, Trivedi was contacted by some bookies — including Deepak Kumar, who has been arrested by Delhi Police.
Sunil Bhatia, another arrested bookie, had also contacted Trivedi.
“Bhatia and Kumar had offered him money for the 2012 IPL, but he declined,” the official said.
Besides the three Rajasthan Royals players, Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh and the Indian cricket board president’s son-in-law Guru Meiyappan for spot fixing and betting in cricket have also been arrested.