It seems that it wasn’t just the bookies who were doing the con job in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Recent interrogation of Andheri-based bookie Chandresh Patel revealed that bookies themselves were conned of Rs 35 lakh by a history-sheeter named Mohammed Shameemuddin alias Shakeel alias Aamir, who lured them with the bait of fixing a match between Pune Warriors India and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Just weeks before the match was supposed to be played, Aamir approached Patel and his associates through a mediator and promised to convince players from Hyderabad into fixing it. Soon, a meeting between the players and the bookies was fixed at a five-star hotel in Chennai, revealed a source in the Crime Branch. “To create an impression on the bookies, Aamir came to the hotel with two bodyguards who were posted outside his room. As the bookies, including Patel, reached the room, the guards frisked them before allowing them to go inside,” said a Crime Branch official.
Aamir then introduced Patel and bookies to a few men as relatives of players from the Hyderabad team and one of them as a player in the team. During the meeting, Aamir assured the bookies that players from the Hyderabad team would play as per their instructions, following which the bookies paid Aamir Rs 10 lakh as an advance payment. Just before the match commenced, Aamir once again assured the bookies that the Hyderabad team would not score more than 140 runs.
The officials said, “In that match, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 126 for the loss of six wickets. With Aamir’s assurance coming true, Patel and other bookies accepted bets from the punters and made Rs 2.5 crore. Later, Aamir was paid Rs 25 lakh as his share of the profits.” Though Patel and other bookies won on the session betting, they incurred heavy losses as the match progressed.
By the time they realised that Aamir had conned them, their losses had run into crores. Officials said that were yet to decide whether to book Aamir or not in the scandal. But Delhi officials are already on the lookout for him. Aamir’s connection with the crime world first came to light in 2003 after Saifabad police busted a passport racket in Delhi.