Rajasthan Royals Owner Quizzed by Police
The Rajasthan Royals owner, Raj Kundra, has been questioned by the police. The Indian Premier League cricket team owner was summoned in order to answer questions regarding the match fixing investigation that is currently taking place.
Kundra was quizzed on three of the Rajasthan Royals’ players. The players in question had already been arrested for alleged spot-fixing that took place during the recent IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament.
While there were no immediate details released after the questioning took place, it is expected that the media will be given some information regarding this issue later today.
Last month, along with two other players on the team, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, a Test bowler, was arrested. Those arrested were accused of bowling badly on purpose at specific times in the game. In this way, bookmakers can skew the odds to make more money, and the player themselves were allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars in return for this spot fixing.
The players had hoped for bail, but the court denied the bail request, noting that the reason for the denial is that there is evidence that shows that some who were involved in the scandal were from organized crime syndicates. There are also other players from other Indian Premier League teams that are also suspects at this time.
A police officer that has chosen to remain anonymous noted: “We are trying to establish if more people are part of this conspiracy.”
While the gambling rules in India may be somewhat unclear, or at least outdated, there is no question that spot fixing is considered illegal. Spot fixing is when part of a match has a fixed outcome, but not the final results of the whole match. In India, it is also illegal to bet on sports, although horse racing betting is legal.