This is another from the many shameful truths revealed about the IPL and spot-fixing scandal.
Baburao Yadav was picked up from Delhi yesterday and questioned for his links with arrested player Ajit Chandila. He has been placed under arrest, police sources said. They added that it was Yadav who allegedly introduced Chandila to bookie Sunil Bhatia, who is already arrested.
With his arrest, a total of 18 people -- three IPL players, four former players and 11 bookies and their assistants -- have been arrested since last Thursday in connection with the scandal that rocked the cricketing world.
Police sources also said they will seek custody of three arrested players -- Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankit Chavan -- and 8 bookies when they will be produced in court as their remand ends today. Rajasthan Royals had yesterday lodged a complaint with Delhi Police against its three players -- Chandila, Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan -- accusing them of cheating and other charges.
Two persons, who watched the Rajasthan Royals matches in Chandigarh and Mumbai, had also approached police with complaints of cheating. BCCI's anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani, who has been asked to head the probe in spot-fixing by the cricketing body, yesterday held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and other top officials and offered all help.
Investigators yesterday took Chandila to his aunt's house in Palwal in Haryana from where they allegedly recovered Rs 20 lakh from a cricket kit which also contained his personal belongings, the official said.
Among the many associated with the spot-fixing scandal, links of Bollywood and Telugu film industries were revealed. Mumbai police investigated a casting director who sent photographs of models to S Sreesanth and has summoned a Telugu film producer having business links with the tainted India pacer for questioning in connection with its probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Sources in the Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, said Sreesanth's e-mail account had dozens of photographs of models sent by the casting director over the past few months on request. In some of those, he was found "moving very closely" with the models, they said, adding the cricketer's laptop also had photographs of some foreigners, who could be cheerleaders.
With inputs from PTI.