Wanted bookie held, another absconding

Wanted bookie held, another absconding

While the Delhi Police arrested a wanted spot-fixer-cum-bookie in Ahmedabad on Thursday night for his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing case, the Ahmedabad crime branch is waiting for another cricketer, Siddharth Trivedi, for questioning.

The investigators, who are camping in Mumbai, are looking for another bookie, Lakshmi Chandani, to unearth the involvement of more cricketers in the spot-fixing scandal.
“Jitender Jain alias Jitu was nabbed from a bungalow at Paldi in Ahmedabad on Thursday. He was brought to Delhi on Friday morning,” said Special Commissioner of Police (special cell) S N Srivastava.

Jain, 45, is a resident of Ahmedabad. He had been hiding from the Delhi Police since May 16 when players of Rajasthan Royals S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and 11 bookies were nabbed in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon.

“On May 15, we tracked him in Ahmedabad, but he was not at his house. We found that he had gone to Kalia Mata Temple in Pavagadh Hill for some religious ceremony. We conducted raids on May 16, but he did not return home and went into hiding,” said a senior police officer.

The officer said Jain kept changing his hideouts and went to Mumbai, Punjab and Rajasthan to evade the police.

The police got a tip-off that Jain was in Ahmedabad, following which they sent a team and apprehended him. After he was brought to Delhi, he was produced before a city court and sent to four-day police custody.

During preliminary investigation, he told the police that he was directly in touch with the three arrested bookies — Chandresh Patel, Manan Bhatt and Amit Singh — and through them he trapped the arrested players for spot-fixing.

Through former Rajasthan Royals’ cricketer-turned-bookie Amit Singh, Jain gave money to Sreesanth for spot-fixing.

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