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CBI books 3 persons in connection with alleged match fixing, betting in IPL 2019; Pakistan angle being probed

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked three suspected punters, one from Delhi and two from Hyderabad, in connection with alleged fixing of 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches ”based on inputs” from Pakistan, officials said on Saturday (May 14).  The central agency has also started a country-wide probe, they said.

The CBI received information that “a network of individuals involved in cricket betting are influencing the outcome of Indian Premer League (IPL) matches based on inputs received from Pakistan”, the FIR alleged.

The agency has listed Dileep Kumar, based in Rohini, Delhi, and Gurram Vasu and Gurram Satish from Hyderabad in its FIR as accused. The network which is operational since 2013 was also cheating the public by “inducing them for betting”, the officials said.

The racketeers have bank accounts (mule accounts) using fake identities and know your customer documents in connivance with the unknown bank officials, they said.

“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.

“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.

Mumbai Indians won the 2019 IPL edition, after defeating Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in the final. The cash-rich league was earlier rocked by spot-fixing gate in 2013.


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