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Hot on fake notes trail, IB stumbled on spot-fixers

IPL Spot Fixing

Fake notes racket: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested a person circulating fake currency notes in Delhi. During his interrogation they found that the fake notes were being circulated to bookies in Delhi. The NIA shared this information with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) team.

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Phone tapping: The IB sleuths began monitoring the phone calls of several top bookies based in Delhi and found that they were receiving huge amounts of fake currency notes from across the border 

IPL Spot Fixing

Currency trail: The top Pakistani bookies like Dr UBL, Javed Bhai, Master Salman, Sharif Bhai and Rehmatulla pay their bets to the Indian bookies through 
fake currency that is printed in Pakistan. It is transported to India via Nepal, Bangladesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. 

IPL Spot Fixing

Cash flow: The fake currency notes are then distributed among various punters, bookmakers across India. The bookies pay off their bets by including about 21% fake notes in the bundle of cash

IPL Spot Fixing
Spot-fixing: While screening the calls, the IB discovered that the bookies were having several conversations with cricketers and also spot-fixing matches in the IPL. They passed on the details to the Delhi police, and the latter began a probe in the spot-fixing scandal

IPL Spot Fixing

Code language: During the probe, the Delhi police discovered that the players and bookies used a coded language during their conversation. 

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Visual evidence: Armed with the contents of the recorded conversation, the Delhi police kept a watch on the IPL matches and found that a certain number of players were underperforming on the orders of the bookies

Graphic/Amit Bandre, Text: Akela

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