Match-fixing in 2019 IPL: CBI books 7, says probing Pak hand

The CBI Saturday conducted searches at seven locations across Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur in a suspected case of betting and match-fixing in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The agency said it has booked seven people in two separate FIRs which have been registered based on information from Pakistan.

According to the CBI, at least one module of the betting syndicate was in touch with a person from Pakistan, identified as Waqas Malik.

Those booked by the CBI are Sajjan Singh from Jodhpur, and Prabhu Lal Meena, Ram Avtar and Amit Kumar Sharma from Jaipur (part of the Rajasthan module); and Dileep Kumar from Delhi, and Gurram Vasu and Gurram Satish from Hyderabad (part of the Delhi-Hyderabad module).

“This network is influencing the outcome of IPL matches based on inputs received from Pakistan. In the garb of betting related to IPL matches, they are cheating the general public by inducing them for betting,” the CBI FIR said.

The agency has not specified how the syndicates influenced the outcome of matches and whether there was any match-fixing. “The information about the syndicate has been received from Pakistan through an international agency. How matches were influenced is being investigated,” a CBI official said.

According to the CBI, the accused had opened multiple bank accounts using fake documents in connivance with bank officials. Cash was deposited in these accounts by those betting in IPL matches.

The CBI has alleged that the accounts held by the accused in various banks such as UCO Bank, Punjab National Bank, SBI, ICICI, Axis, IDBI, HDFC, Bank of India, Citi Bank, Syndicate Bank and Bank of Baroda did not exhibit normal financial activity or match the customer profile and had multiple cash deposits.

In the bank accounts operated by the Rajasthan module, the CBI found suspicious transactions in excess of Rs 78 lakh, while in the accounts operated by Delhi-Hyderabad module, transactions worth over Rs 10 crore were found suspicious.

According to the agency, the racket has been running for almost a decade. The transactions cited are between 2010-11 and 2019-20.

“It is worth mentioning here that maximum cash deposits in these accounts is of pan-India nature which further substantiates the allegations of these unusual financial transactions being linked with cricket betting and other criminal activities,” the CBI FIR read.

The FIR said the Delhi-Hyderabad module was in touch with the Pakistan resident, Malik, who contacted Dileep Kumar and Gurram Satish through a Pakistani number.

Similarly, it said, the Rajasthan module too was in touch with a person from Pakistan.

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