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Kundra placed IPL bets: Police
Royals’ co-owner’s passport seized Wife Shilpa Shetty likely to be quizzed
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 6
The Delhi Police on Thursday said Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra had placed bets on his IPL team and others through his ‘friend’ and business partner Umesh Goenka.

The police also claimed that it had evidence that Kundra’s wife and actress Shilpa Shetty had indulged in betting in one of the IPL-6 matches. She is likely to be questioned shortly, said the police.

The police has seized the passports of Kundra, a British-Indian businessman, and Goenka. “We may have to question them again. So, we don’t want them to leave India,” said investigators.

They claimed Kundra (36) told them that he lost around Rs 1 crore in the past three years on IPL bets. The police, however, said they have no evidence yet to implicate Kundra in the spot-fixing scam.

Kundra was questioned for 11 hours yesterday. “Kundra betted through Goenka, who acted as his bookie. Kundra told us that he betted in favour of his team and had also placed bets on other teams,” said a senior Delhi Police officer. The police was not in a position to arrest Kundra right now because it did not have evidence other than his own confession to investigators which is not admissible in court. S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who were playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL-6, were arrested in connection with the spot-fixing scandal.

Goenka has been placing bets on cricket matches, including the IPL, for the past six to seven years, said the police.

Goenka in his statement to a magistrate said Shilpa Shetty also placed a bet on a match, but was not able to recall which one. 

Never betted: Shilpa

Shilpa Shetty, Rajasthan Royals co-owner, denied the allegations on Twitter saying her involvement in betting is "complete nonsense" and that she has "never bet on any cricket match ever".

BCCI to take up issue

Jagmohan Dalmiya, interim chief of the BCCI, said the Kundra issue will be discussed at the BCCI emergency meeting on June 10 in New Delhi.

He said that no BCCI member will be part of the inquiry panel to probe allegations against N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and CSK





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