Online IPL betting racket busted, 3 arrested in East Delhi
The Delhi Police revealed, on Monday, that they have arrested three bookies for allegedly running an online betting racket associated with the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The trio reportedly used a software on laptops to keep a tab on those placing bets and making financial transactions. Delhi police raided a house in Shahdara and discovered over 80 people were involved in placing bets.
The Delhi Police seized eleven mobile phones, one laptop, television set and digital channel receiver, after the raid. The bookies insisted they were first-timers but police believe they have been doing this since the beginning of the tournament on April 7. Notably, the police has also busted four similar syndicates of illegal betting in Hyderabad and Telangana between April 8 and 15.
The bookies identified as Shekhar Gandhi, Nikhil Goyal and Dheeraj Sharma were betting on Saturday's match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. "They were watching the running commentary of IPL match and updating rates, win and loss to their clients through mobile phones. They were calling each punter and accepting the bet," a police official said. The bookies accepted around Rs. 40 lakh from 84 punters.
In this case, Rs. 10,000 was the minimum amount of a bet. A senior police officer said, bookies, informed those interested in bets (usually the ones who like gambling) about matches on phone. They would call the punters, give current rates of overs, Powerplay overs, predicted score, and fall of wickets. After the match a balance sheet would be prepared about collected and distributed money.
All forms of betting are illegal in India. A spot-fixing scandal in 2013 shook the franchise and cricketers Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were slapped with lifetime bans. Further, in 2015, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were suspended for two years.