Raj Kundra, the co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, an Indian Premier League team, was questioned by police earlier this week. On Thursday, news broke that Kundra had admitted that he had played a part in illegal gambling.
Kundra has been given the order to give in his passport to police while the police continue to investigate the links between the organized crime syndicates and the players.
Kundra has been called for questioning by the police. Neeraj Kumar, the Delhi police commissioner, explained to reporters: “He has been called because we came to know through interrogation that he himself used to bet and he has admitted he put money on his own team.”
Kumar further noted: “We also found he lost large sums of money through betting.”
Kundra is not only well known as the co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, he is also married to the famous Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty.
Of those that have been investigated, there are currently three Rajasthan Royals players that have been arrested, along with a large number of bookmakers that have been allegedly involved in spot fixing, and other betting on the recent sixth Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.
Three bowlers have been accused of making sure to bowl badly at specific times during the matches. It seems that these players were given tens of thousands of dollars for participating in the spot fixing. The players and bookmakers that were arrested had hoped to get out on bail, but the court denied them bail, since telephone intercepts and other evidence has pointed to links between them and international organized crime syndicates.
Kumar has noted that the scope of the investigation is widening. He said: “Right now we cannot say which direction the investigation will go, or what else will surface in the future.”