New Delhi/Mumbai, May 19: It seems the police of Delhi and Mumbai have engaged in a competition to expose more angles in the spot fixing scandal that has rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament.
A few days after the Delhi Police exposed the scandal involving three Rajasthan Royals players who were arrested from Mumbai, the Mumbai Police have claimed to have recovered gadgets and diaries belonging to cricketer S Sreesanth, one of the arrested.
The Delhi Police, which arrested Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on May 15 night, failed to make these recoveries, which boosted the Mumbai Police to say that their Delhi counterparts may not have clinching evidence against the pace bowler.
It was also not clear whether the Mumbai cops would share the ‘evidence' recovered with their Delhi counterparts as the two departments are known for their turf wars.
Joint Commissioner of Police, Mumbai's crime branch, Himanshu Roy said in a press conference that his men had recovered a laptop, an iPad, a mobile phone, a data card, personal diaries and cash worth Rs 72,000 from Sreesanth's room. The items were displayed at the press meet as Roy was speaking.
He said while some entries in the diaries were in English, there were some believed to be written in Malayalam (Sreesanth hails from Kerala).
The Mumbai cops also raided another room in the hotel where bookie Jiju Janardhan, also taken in custody, was staying. Roy said the booking was done through a company called Tamarind Tours & Travels and they checked into the hotel on May 13 night. He said the police was trying to create the movements on May 14 and May 15 and sought CCTV footage from the hotel to see if the two men had any visitors.
The Mumbai Police have also received a legal nod to obtain the mirror image of the gadgets recovered to analyse them for further leads.
Sources said a team of the Delhi Police camping in Mumbai decided to bust the scandal on the night of May 15 after it learnt that the Mumbai Police arrested a key bookie by the name of Ramesh Vyas on May 14. It was learnt that Vyas was in touch with the bookies the Delhi Police was looking for.
The Mumbai Police recovered 92 mobile phones and 18 SIM cards after arresting Vyas.