NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The probe into the IPL spot-match fixing scam was intensified on Saturday with Mumbai police seizing the mobile phones, iPhones and laptops of cricketer S. Sreesanth and his relative, bookie Jiju Janardhan.
In New Delhi, the three arrested players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, all playing for the Rajasthan Royals - were again questioned, this time together, an official said.
Police sources said the suspects confessed their crime, but blamed each other for dragging them into spot fixing.
The three were brought before each other in a room in the office of the Special Cell of police in Lodhi Colony in south Delhi and questioned for two hours, the sources said.
The interrogation was done under the supervision of Special Commissioner of Police SN Srivastava, police sources said.
The three also faced the nabbed bookies, audio recordings and other material evidence gathered by the investigators into the scam.
In Mumbai, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy, who is spearheading the investigations, told mediapersons that police are also scanning the diaries of Sreesanth which contain significant information pertaining to the scam.
Roy told reporters in Mumbai that permission of a competent court has been secured for obtaining “mirror images” of a laptop computer, an iPad and a mobile phone seized from a room in a 5-star hotel in Bandra on Friday which the cricketer occupied before his arrest on Wednesday night.
“We are going deep into the investigation and Sreesanth might be booked in our case also here,” Roy said.
One more bookie, Pravin Bera, was arrested from Mumbai during the day, taking the total number of bookies arrested from the city and other parts of the country to 12, besides the three cricketers.
Roy said that Mumbai police are contemplating seeking custodial investigation of the three cricketers who were nabbed from a Mumbai five-star hotel three days ago, blowing the lid off the sensational scam.
Police also searched the room in a five-star hotel in south Mumbai where Sreesanth and Jiju were living, he said.
“We are also scanning the CCTV footage of the hotel to find out who they met during their stay there, their movements, and visitors who called on them,” Roy said, adding that police will reconstruct the sequence of events in the hotel May 14/15 till Sreesanth’s arrest.
Besides Bera, bookies Ramesh Vyas, Pankaj Shah alias Lotus, Ashok Vyas, Pandurang Kadam, Niraj Shah have been arrested so far from Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Police had raided bookie Vyas’s office in Kalbadevi and he was nabbed May 14, the same night when the cricketer trio was picked up by Delhi Police.
From Vyas, the investigators came across a rich haul of 92 mobile phone, 18 SIM cards, account books, laptops, a TV set, satellite dish etc.
Delhi Police also conducted raids in several cities including Mumbai and Ahmedabad to track the money trail in connection with the Alleged spot fixing racket, sources said.
In Chennai, Tamil Nadu Police said they expect to achieve a breakthrough soon in the cricket betting case in which six bookies were arrested on Friday.
“We expect to achieve break through in the case soon. We also raided three premises here Saturday,” a senior official of at Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID), who did not want to be named, told IANS.