Delhi cops arrest city man in spot-fixing case

Jun 13, 2013, 06:20 IST | Agencies

Officials of the Delhi police arrested a 35-year-old man named Firoz from Mumbai, who worked as a conduit between fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and people who placed bets on IPL matches

He was arrested in the city on Monday and was presented before a Delhi court yesterday, a Delhi police official said. “The court sent Firoz to five days in police custody,” he said. Firoz is the 28th accused to be arrested in the spot-fixing scam that was exposed by the Delhi police last month. He had been managing money and betting-related issues between Dawood Ibrahim and other bookies for several years.

“After the death of Jahid, another conduit, Firoz came in contact with ‘D company’. He was deputed to take care of the betting syndicate. He informed bookies about the betting rates decided by Dawood. His role came to light after the arrest of bookie Ramesh Vyas, who is in the custody of Delhi police,” the officer said. During interrogation, Vyas revealed that Firoz would pass Dawood’s messages to him and other bookies.

Cops need more audio clips to nail Dawood
Delhi police need more audio clips of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s voice for establishing his identity in taped conversations between cricketers, bookies and suspected underworld gang members in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, an official said yesterday. “Despite having proper telephonic intercepts as corroborative evidence to prove Dawood’s involvement in running the whole betting syndicate, we need some more audio clips of his voice for authenticity,” an official said.

He said investigators were awaiting a forensic report on the taped conversations, as it would bolster their case against the accused. The officer said the tapes had voices of bookies, players and other people, who were handling spot fixing and betting from abroad, and police need the Delhi Forensic Science Laboratory (DFSL) report to clarify the roles of the arrested accused. 

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