Chandila was paid another Rs 15 lakh in advance

Money was paid for the IPL match between Royals and Sunrisers

Chandila was paid another Rs 15 lakh in advance

Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ajit Chandila was paid Rs 15 lakh in advance by a bookie in Chandigarh for spot-fixing an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17, police said on Wednesday. However, the police struck a day before the match and unearthed the entire scam.

S N Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (special cell), said the latest development came to light during interrogation of arrested bookie Deepak Kumar. The interrogation revealed that there were three sets of bookies, he added.

Chandila was already in touch with the first set of bookies, led by Chandresh Patel and Manan. S Sreesanth was in contact with the second set headed by Jiju Janardan, with assistance from Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole and Manish Yadav. The third set was headed by Deepak and another Chandigarh-based bookie.

Chandila was also in close contact with the third group. “Deepak, a property dealer by profession, organised a meeting at Chandigarh in April, where he introduced Chandila with another bookie,” Srivastava said. In the meeting, Chandila was paid Rs 15 lakh to bowl a “compromised over” in the May 17 match. It was the fifth match to be targeted by the bookies after those played on May 5, 9, 12 and 15.

“Fixing could not take place during the May 12 match as the two players whom the bookies roped in did not play,” Srivastava said. The police said Chandila was paid Rs 25 lakh for the May 5 match by the first set of bookies and Rs 15 lakh for the May 17 match by the third set. He also received Rs 9 lakh from another set of bookies, but had to return Rs 20 lakh as he forgot to signal the fixers before bowling the compromised over.

Former Railways cricketer Baburao Yadav, who played in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007 and 2008, told investigators that Bhatia had assured him of a berth in the Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL) as he knew some Bangladeshi players and bookies.

After the ICL players were banned, Yadav played in the Kolkata League, but was not satisfied with the pay. Bhatia and Yadav then went to Bangladesh. However, an official of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit spotted Bhatia at the BPL matches and both were flown back.  When asked whether some of the BPL matches were also fixed, Srivastava said it was being investigated.

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