Bookies arrested from Kanpur hotel hosting Gujarat Lions, Delhi Daredevils

In its 10th edition, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was hit by another corruption scam after three bookies were arrested from a Kanpur hotel on Thursday. Interestingly, the bookies were nabbed from the hotel, where the teams — Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils — were staying for their IPL match, held in the Uttar Pradesh city on Wednesday.

Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium hosted the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions on Wednesday.   -  V.V. Krishnan

In its 10th edition, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was hit by another corruption scam after three bookies were arrested from a Kanpur hotel on Thursday. Interestingly, the bookies were nabbed from the hotel, where the teams — Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils — were staying for their IPL match, held in the Uttar Pradesh city on Wednesday.

According to media reports, Nayan Shah, Vikas Chauhan and Ramesh, a groundsman working with the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, were arrested by the police.

The Police said that five mobile phones and Rs 4.90 lakh was recovered from the room locker. Nayan Shah, the kingpin, got pitch details and provided the same details to other influential members in the group.

The BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit tipped off the Crime Branch of the Uttar Pradesh Police, who raided the hotel and made the arrests from the 17th floor. According to the police, Shah had network all over the country, from where he would get information about the pitch. He used that information to place bets.

Later in the day, the BCCI issued a statement in this regard. “The Anti Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested in Kanpur, on Thursday,” the release stated. “Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused. This was an outcome of the ACU of the BCCI, having worked closely with various law enforcement agencies, who will continue further investigations, in this matter.”

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