New Delhi - Indian police have arrested three men suspected
of placing illegal bets on Indian Premier League matches as authorities crack
down on gambling rackets that emerge around the billion-dollar franchise every
The trio were accused of running an online betting syndicate
from a residence in New Delhi. Nearly all gambling is illegal in India but is
still a huge underground industry.
"We arrested the three on Saturday while they were
betting during the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils match," Youdhbir
Singh, a senior police officer in Delhi, said on Tuesday.
"They were insisting that they are first-timers and it
was just a one-off incident, but we know that they were doing it since the
start of the league on April 7."
Eleven mobile phones, a laptop, a television set and a
digital channel receiver were seized, Singh added.
Media reports say police have busted other syndicates, in
the southern city of Hyderabad and the eastern state of West Bengal, in the
first two weeks of the 11th season of the lucrative IPL franchise.
The money-spinning IPL, the world's most popular domestic
cricket league, has been plagued by controversy since its inception in 2008.
Corruption and match-fixing have often taken centre-stage.
A spot-fixing scandal in 2013 led to the Chennai Super Kings
and Rajasthan Royals being suspended in 2015 for two seasons.
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, a Rajasthan Royals bowler, was
banned for life along with team-mates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila.
They were arrested along with scores of bookies as part of a
probe into allegations that players had underperformed in return for cash from
Criminal charges were later dropped but the players were
banned for breaching the code of conduct of the Board of Control for Cricket in