Police bust online IPL betting racket in east Delhi, 3 bookies arrested

Monday’s arrests were the first bust by the Delhi Police of a gambling racket in the 11th season of the IPL.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Delhi Police on Monday had arrested three men for allegedly running an online betting racket linked to the Indian Premier League from a house in east Delhi’s Subhash Park area. Three were allegedly using a software on their laptops that kept a record of those placing bets and the financial transactions. Eighty people were involved in placing bets when the house was raided in Shahdara. According to police officials, Monday’s arrests were the first bust by the Delhi Police of a gambling racket in the 11th season of the T20 cricket league.

Four other similar syndicates have been exposed across India, including in Hyderabad and Telangana, between April 8 and 15. Betting scandals have hit the tournament in recent years, with former pacer S Sreesanth being handed a life ban by the cricket board for involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 season. Chennai and Rajasthan franchises were also suspended for two years after officials of the two teams were found to be involved in illegal betting activities.

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