A potential corruptor was spotted at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium during the recently-suspended Indian Premier League, BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit chief Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala told PTI.
“One of my ACU officers caught a person and handed over the details to Delhi Police. While that particular offender managed to flee leaving behind his two mobile phones, ACU lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police,” Hussain said on Wednesday (May 5).
“He was standing (inside Feroz Shah Kotla premises) in a secluded area all by himself and so one of our officers approached and asked him ‘What are you doing here?’ He said:”Main apne girlfriend se baat kar raha hoon. (I am talking to my girlfriend).
“My officer then asked him to dial the number he was talking to and then asked him to hand over the phones. Just when he was going through the contents of his phone, the guy fled from the spot…Also what raised suspicion was he had two mobiles.”
“We are thankful to Delhi Police that in a separate incident they caught two other persons from the Kotla on ACU tip-off,” he said. “So on two separate days, these people managed to get access to Kotla. The one who fled came in the garb of a cleaner. However, we have all his details as he was employed for the tournament. His Aadhar Card details have been handed over to Delhi Police.”
“I am confident that he will be nabbed in a day or two. He is a small fry working for a couple of hundred or some thousand bucks may be… The information he may be supplying could be to someone more influential among bookmakers and so we needed to inform the Delhi Police. Delhi Police has responded positively and thus next instance two people were arrested.”
“Obviously, with a bio bubble and no crowd around, it certainly becomes a bit easier to manage as there is no physical proximity of (face to face meeting with players) questionable characters. When there is a crowd, it becomes difficult to check anyone and everyone,” he said.
“The moment we had information, we got in touch with Mumbai Police. The Police Commissioner of Mumbai took immediate cognisance and the Mumbai Police got hold of those three.”