Spot-fixing scam: 3 more arrested
New Delhi: Three more persons — a former Ranji player and two bookies — were arrested from Aurangabad in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case early today even as more details tumbled out of the investigations, giving rise to suspicion that players of other teams may be involved.
A current Ranji player is also to be arrested in the case that rocked the cricketing world, Delhi Police said as the role of more fringe and former players acting as middle-men between bookies and current players was being probed.
Different sets of bookies were also involved in spot- fixing in this edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League and police suspect that some matches in the previous edition were also spot-fixed.
Police sources said Ajit Chandila, who was arrested along with Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan last Thursday, was in touch with "four sets of bookies" and was "willing to be available for fixing matches".
Though they did not confirm the role of players in other teams as they have "no definite proof", investigators did not rule out the possibility and said probe was "still on and open-ended".
With today's arrest, a total of 17 people — three IPL players, two former players and 12 bookies-cum-fixers — were arrested in connection with this case.
In early morning raids, Delhi Police arrested Manish Guddewar (32), a former Ranji player of Vidarbha, and bookies Sunil Bhatia (44) and Kiran Dole (42), all residents of Nagpur, from Aurangabad at around 5 am.
"Guddewar used to be a neigbhour of Chandila before 2000 and used to practice cricket together. He played Ranji between 2003-2005. He helped Dole and Bhatia meet Chandila to fix matches," a senior police official said.
Baburao Yadav, a Ranji player for Railways, is also allegedly involved in the spot-fixing and he is yet to be arrested, the official said.