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IPL 2022: CBI books three persons over allegations of match-fixing, betting

New Delhi: The CBI has booked three suspected punters, one from Delhi and two from Hyderabad, in connection with alleged fixing of Indian Premier League matches ''based on inputs'' from Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.

The central agency has started a country-wide probe, they said.

Trophy on display during match 1 of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Chennai Superkings and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on the 26th March 2022 Photo by Saikat Das / Sportzpics for IPL

The IPL trophy on display before the 15th season got underway. Image: Sportzpics

The CBI received information that "a network of individuals involved in cricket betting are influencing the outcome of  Indian Premier League (IPL) matches based on inputs received from Pakistan", the FIR alleged.

The agency has listed one Dileep Kumar, based in Rohini, Delhi, and Gurram Vasu and Gurram Satish from Hyderabad in its FIR as accused.  The network which is operational since 2013 was also cheating the public by "inducing them for betting", the officials said.

The racketeers have bank accounts (mule accounts) using fake identities and know your customer documents in connivance with the unknown bank officials, they said.

"These bank accounts have been opened by submitting forged details such as multiple dates of birth and without due diligence done by the bank officials.

"A part of the money received from the general public in India on account of such betting activities is also being shared with their associates based in foreign countries using hawala transactions," the FIR has alleged.

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Updated Date: May 14, 2022 17:25:02 IST

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