The Delhi Police may have made the arrests in the sensational IPL spot fixing case, but the case has sparked off a turf war between them and their Mumbai counterparts with both of them claiming to have more dirt than the other in the scandal.
Since the Mumbai police had no access to Sreesanth after his arrest by the Delhi police, they quickly did the next best thing. They raided his hotel room. Diaries and a few electronic items emerged and accompanying it were leaks about how the fast bowler was both a troubled soul wanting to improve himself and a man with an eye for a pretty face.
The Mumbai Police hasn't been very clear on what the seizure of vigour tablets or photos from a casting director have to do with the Delhi police's probe into spot fixing, and not surprisingly their north Indian counterparts are having a bit of a laugh at their disclosures.
"They (Mumbai Police) are only trying to save their face. All this IPL spot-fixing was happening in Mumbai but they did not do anything. People should try to appreciate the good work done by the Delhi Police, which has shown a lot of ills that were going on in IPL," a caustic SN Srivastava, who is heading the Delhi police probe, told the Economic Times.
Claiming that the Mumbai Police was left holding 'leftovers,' Srivastava said the Delhi police had already taken what it needed from the hotel rooms of the three arrested players. The Mumbai police not surprisingly has chosen to remain mum on these claims.
But the Mumbai Police was soon to get back. On Wednesday, when approached by their Delhi counterparts for evidence seized from Sreesanth's hotel room, they refused to provide any assistance and insisted they wait until their probe is complete.
Again on Thursday, when the Delhi Police thought smart and directly approached hotels for CCTV evidence, the Mumbai Police directed the hotels not to share any evidence with them.
In this particular case, the Delhi Police had earlier said that they had not co-ordinated with the Mumbai Police to preserve the secrecy of their operation, but the face off between the two police forces is hardly new and at times have stretched to cases related to terrorism as well.
Unfortunately in this case, the only loser seems to be Sreesanth who can expect any dirty secret he may have had in his diaries or electronic devices to quickly be made public as the two police forces try to one up each other.