Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CRICKET IN A SPOT - Over 200cr hawala deal in IPL matches

New Delhi: Delhi police investigations into the spot-fixing scandal have revealed that hawala transactions worth over Rs 100 crore for normal matches and Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore for high-profile IPL matches were taking place, said highly placed sources.

Officials say after giving the money to the beneficiaries and commission of the bookies, the remaining proceeds, which still would be in several crores, used to be transferred to D-Company directly through a chain of hawala dealers. Sources say the hawala dealers working for Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel are based in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Nagpur and other places.

The Mumbai-based bookie – Ramesh Vyas – is being interrogated by the special cell on these aspects as he was the main link apart from Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi, who was in direct touch with the underworld don’s associates in Dubai and Pakistan.

Sources say Vyas is trying to minimize his role and is proving to be a hard nut to crack. The cops are planning to confront him with Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi. Mandi, officials say, used to talk to close associates of Dawood as well. “They both are important underworld and money transactions link in this whole spot-fixing scandal. They are the ones who know how the money was being channelized,” said a source. Enforcement Directorate is likely to also interrogate the two bookies — Vyas and Mandi.

Ramesh Vyas used code names while talking to D-Company men in Dubai and Pakistan like ‘master’ and ‘doctor’, and gave them numbers like ‘one’ ‘two’ and ‘three’, to avoid taking their real names, said sources. Officials say they want the whole hawala link probed because Dawood Ibrahim has been made accused in this case and to prove MCOCA on the arrested cricketers and bookies, they will have to complete the underworld chain.

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