News 26 May 2015

Five IPL matches under investigation for match-fixing

India’s Enforcement Directorate, a specialised financial investigation agency under the ambit of the Department of Revenue within India’s Ministry of Finance, last week conducted a series of raids in Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur under an investigation into match-fixing during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament, according to The Telegraph. The Mumbai Mirror reported that at least five games in this year’s IPL, which drew to a close on Sunday, were being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, as well as two IPL teams. An unnamed source from the Enforcement Directorate told the paper that the raids were carried out at premises owned by bookmakers after a month-long surveillance on bookmakers, IPL team officials and players. Local news outlets reported that between eight to ten premises had been searched, and that over 30 officials were part of the search teams.

One of the premises reportedly searched during the raids was a house belonging to Anil Jaisinghani, who, according to the Mumbai Mirror, is a leading bookmaker in India. Jaisinghani’s name has reportedly been linked to those accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL. Jaisinghani denies any involvement in betting, which is banned in India, and told the Mumbai Mirror that he had been asked to present himself before the Enforcement Directorate in Ahmedabad on Wednesday and that he would cooperate with their investigations.

Earlier in this year’s IPL tournament, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that it was investigating an illegal approach to a Rajasthan Royals player. An IPL statement said that ‘An inappropriate approach was made to a member of the Rajasthan Royals Team that is currently participating in the Pepsi IPL 2015.’ The statement continued that the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the BCCI was then investigating the matter to ascertain the facts.

On Friday, the Indian Express published a series of emails from the Director of the ACU, Ravi Sawani, to the BCCI detailing breaches of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Code on a number of occasions during the 2014 IPL tournament by players and teams in the league.

The news of fresh investigations into match-fixing also comes at the same time that a Delhi court reportedly said that it wouldn’t frame the charges (i.e. give the defence notice of the essential facts which the prosecution would use to bring charges) brought against 42 suspects for alleged spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL, until 29 June. The date for the framing of charges relating to the 2013 allegations was purportedly delayed because some of the defence counsel had not yet filed their written arguments in the case.

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