As per reports in the Indian Express, two persons were arrested by the Delhi police for being involved in betting in IPL 2021 matches. The two were caught by police, with help from the anti-corruption unit of the Indian cricket board, after they entered the stadium using fake identity cards. Both have been produced before a Delhi Court and sent to five-day police custody. They tried to bet on the RR vs SRH game which was played in Delhi before the season was suspended.
A similar kind of incident took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad last week where the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit nabbed two persons passing information on the phone. They were handed to Ahmedabad Police.
BCCI anti-corruption unit chief Shabbir Khandwawala said that in both cases, it was their ACU officer who caught the suspects.
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“In Delhi, our ACU officer saw a man talking on the phone continuously. He was carrying housekeeping accreditation with him. When our officer tried to catch him, he ran away but we got his phone. We handed all the details to Delhi Police, who later arrested the suspects,” Khandwawala said.
Khandwawala, a former Gujarat DGP, explained how the suspects might have got access to accreditation cards. “The association must have given a contract to a company, which hires people on a daily basis. They might be getting 200 rupees per day. The bookies target such people and pay them an extra amount to pass on information. We are in touch with police and trying to seek more information with them.”
Meanwhile, this was not the first instance of such kind at the Delhi stadium. In one of the earlier games, one man posing as housekeeping staff was caught by the ACU. He was giving ball-by-ball details over the phone. He was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit officials, but before they could call the police, he managed to escape from their custody. ACU officials later approached Delhi Police and filed a complaint after handing over his cell phone to them.