Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra has confessed to betting on IPL matches, including matches involving his own team, Delhi’s police commissioner has said.
“Raj Kundra has confessed to bet on his own team during the IPL matches through his bookie Umesh Goenka for his own benefit,” Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, after he was questioned for 12 hours.
“Kundra also admitted to losing money in betting,” added Neeraj Kumar.
The interrogation was part of the investigation into the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players allegedly for spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League’s sixth edition. The arrests of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were followed by those of several bookies and Chennai Super Kings’ team management member Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan who was later released on bail.
It was followed by former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, who had signed the tripartite player contracts involved between the BCCI, franchises and players and IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman visiting the Delhi police headquarters for providing requisite information.
The corruption scandal has overshadowed the on-field performance of Rajasthan Royals during the sixth edition of the IPL, which concluded on May 26. The Royals finished third this season, their first top-four finish since their triumphant campaign in IPL’s inaugural edition in 2008. Since the 2008 triumph, Royals have been embroiled in various controversies.
In his statement recorded before a magistrate, sources said, Trivedi claimed that Goenka approached him and sought details about the cricket pitch in Ahmedabad and details about team formations.
Kundra, a British national, has 42 per cent stake in the steel business with Goenka who has 16 per cent shares in the firm, they said.