In the latest development on Saturday, the Central Bureau for Investigation (CBI) has booked three individuals from two cities in the country for alleged match-fixing in IPL 2022. The central agency has also started a country-wide probe based on the inputs received. Notably, the CBI is also probing interference from Pakistan in this scandal.
In the FIR lodged, the CBI has listed one Dileep Kumar, based in Rohini, Delhi, and Gurram Vasu and Gurram Satish from Hyderabad in its FIR as accused. It has also mentioned that the network responsible was operational since 2013 and was also cheating the public by “inducing them for betting”.
Notably, the action was taken after the agency received information that “a network of individuals involved in cricket betting are influencing the outcome of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches based on inputs received from Pakistan”.
Money received is being shared through hawala transactions
The FIR also revealed that the three accused were operating the racket through mule accounts opened by submitting forged details like fake names and knowing your customer details in connivance with unknown bank officials.
“These bank accounts have been opened by submitting forged details such as multiple dates of birth and without due diligence done by the bank officials”. The FIR further mentioned that a part of the money received through match-fixing is being shared with allies in foreign countries through hawala transactions.
“A part of the money received from the general public in India on account of such betting activities is also being shared with their associates based in foreign countries using hawala transactions,” the FIR has alleged.
Notably, the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is underway and will be played till 29 May. As many as 60 games have been played so far and 14 more games remain including the knockout stage games and the final.