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IPL spot-fixing: Six bookies held in Chennai, police recover Rs 14 lakh

Six people including bookies and financiers have been arrested here on suspicions of spot-fixing in the IPL season. Sources say, at least Rs 14 lakh in cash has been recovered from them.

The Chennai police has also found mobile phones and computers, which indicate betting of up to Rs 1 crore.


Feeling cheated: Demonstrators hold posters and shout slogans against arrested cricketer S Sreesanth and two other domestic Twenty20 cricketers during a protest against their alleged involvement in spot-fixing, in Bangalore yesterday. Pic/AFP

Talking to the media, the police said they got tip-offs on bookies in Chennai after the arrests made by the Delhi police yesterday. Raids were conducted in 13 places. Bookies took orders from Delhi. These bookies then made calls to Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai.

Fixing or betting?
However the police maintain that they have still not managed to establish any link to IPL players. The arrests are only related to betting as of now, not fixing, they say.

On Thursday, 14 people, including S Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals’ players Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by the Delhi police for spot-fixing in three matches in the current IPL season.
   

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