Delhi Police have arrested four men who they believe were involved with a cricket betting syndicate in the Indian Premier League 5. The four men were held after operating during the match between Pun Warrior India and Deccan Chargers on Thursday.
Jai Prakash, 44, Sandeep Saxena, 42, Manish Sharma, 27 and Narender kumar, 49, have been accused of collecting bets of up to Rs 82 lakh.
“The action was taken on a tip-off that a betting syndicate was operational from a house at Shastri Nagar. The information was further developed and a raid was conducted. The match summary report of the total betting till the time of the raid was found to be between Rs 80 and Rs 82 lakh. We also seized 19 mobile phones, a TV, a laptop and 12 calculators among other articles from the house,” reported IB Rani, Deputy Commission of Police (north).
The initial investigation uncovered that the house was rented. “Arrangements were made so that nobody in the locality could sense the presence of the racket. A mobile phone was being used as ‘voice hotline box’ for receiving rates,” commented Rani. “Apart from this, other mobile phones were being used for accepting bets.”
The investigation will continue with police attempting to determine how long the four men were involved in the betting racket and whether they were working alone or as part of a larger group.
Please note that while this was a criminal operation, you can still bet on cricket legally on the internet.