CB-CID Sat on Fixing Lead to Save Big Shots
The role of the CB-CID that investigated the Indian Premier League betting scam, has come under the scanner for allegedly not pursuing the case from the angle of match-fixing, allegedly to protect top players and the Chennai Super Kings team.
This was done despite knowing full well that the bookie network could extend up to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The Q branch was initially ordered to find out whether the money involved in the betting racket was used for terror-funding or for mere hawala transactions.
Before the Q branch finished its investigation, the case was transferred to the CB-CID, which allegedly stalled further investigation that could have unravelled the underworld link.
Subsequently, the CB-CID was given all details, including the names and addresses of 148 persons involved in the fixing scandal. However, only 21 were arrested by the CB-CID. The rest were merely questioned and let off.
The FIR was crafted based on the confession of one Harish Bajaj named as Accused No. 1 in betting.
He had claimed that they had jointly run the racket and determined as to which team should win before the match began and accepted bets. Bajaj was in the process of placing bets through www.cricketbetlive.com at his Madex Street residence in Choolai when he was arrested, according to the FIR. He stated that they were being guided by Sanjay Ojha and Karan Kumar, on accepting bets before the match to increase their profits.
The CB-CID did not bother to secure Sanjay Ojha and Karan Kumar. Besides, they sat on the information received from Mumbai Police regarding the conversations between Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh, a punter and small time Bollywood actor.
The CB-CID arrested Vikram Agarwal, who was also summoned by the Mumbai Police for his links with the fixing scandal. However, it did not even summon Meiyappan, whose questioning could have thrown light on fixing and the involvement of Indian Premier League players.
The details of the Q branch investigation regarding the involvement of Kitty who spilled the beans on match-fixing were known only to four officials. All four, including Q branch SP G Sampathkumar and IGP (Internal Security) Abhash Kumar, were transferred out.
Meanwhile, CB-CID Director General of Police, Narindra Pal Singh, and other top officials got into a huddle on Tuesday after the Mudgal committee faulted the agency for not looking at the match-fixing angle and not sharing Kitty’s interrogation file with it.