Bookies use Dutch website to expand biz

Dirty picture: Punters share info on underperformance via net

Bookies use Dutch website to expand biz

The Delhi Police probe into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case indicates that top bookies from India and Pakistan are using an authorised gambling webs­ite based in the Netherla­nds to share prior information on underperformance in matches to a select conduits.

The software used by gambling site helps punters to instantly mail people logged in to access winning probability trends.Police sources said the investigators have traced a software “Back and Lay” that bookies have used since India lifted the World Cup in 2011, where they made a killing of roughly Rs 100-150 crore per match.

The trend is a breakaway from the past, when bookies used mobiles phones called “dabbas,” to relay information on betting once the rates open in Dubai on the day of matches. Small players in the ring are still hooked to this method.

Questioning of several bookies, such as Ashiwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi, revealed that the website also takes bets on other sports like basketball, football, tennis and horse-racing, said the sources. It also offers live betting options and people have to pay become members and place bets, said the sources.  

The police found that leads offered on the website were similar to trends in the played matches. The sources explained that this convenient route was opted possibly to hedge this illegal activity and take a huge commission from persons playing through the website, which has a valid licence from the Netherlands government.
Unlike India, gambling is legal in many countries.

The Delhi Police, after arresting three players of the Rajasthan Royals last month — S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — had said that three matches were under scanner for underperformance. On May 5, Chandila had given away 14 runs in an over when his side was playing Pune Warriors India in Jaipur. But, the bookies could not exploit it as he failed to alert them by his agreed gesture of lifting the jersey and vest. Four days later, Sreesanth did everything as per the script in the Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab match at Mohali.

The betting syndicate keeps on devising different ways to outsmart law enforcement agencies. Now, it does not operate through mobile phones and landlines for fear of their conversations being eavesdropped by the police.

Chavan’s wedding under police watch

Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths will keep a hawk's eye on guests attending the wedding of disgraced Rajasthan Royals cricketer and an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal Ankeet Chavan on Sunday. Chavan is tying the knot with his sweetheart and IT consultant Neha Sambari in a low-key ceremony. The cricketer was given conditional bail by a Delhi court till June 6. “If he (Tinku) says new things about Chandila, Chavan or pacer S Sreeshanth, then they will be questioned (in that regard),” said a crime branch official.

Meanwhile, sources said Tinku had met Chandila and Chavan on March 28 in Delhi and paid Rs 20 lakh to Chandila. They further said Tinku and absconding bookie Jupiter had taken rented a place in Gurgoan reportedly for carrying out their betting activities. Tinku earlier used to work for a bookie called “Mandi” in Delhi but later parted ways with him and started accepting bets from punters and assumed a new moniker “Tinku Mandi”.

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