The most recent cricket betting scandal now is presenting clear connections with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood and his D company has distinct links with all the elements of the most recent betting case being investigated by the police.

In the police investigations, all this information has emerged.

The connection between bookies and celebrities have emerged following the unearthing of an IPL betting racket late last month, said Pradeep Sharma, senior inspector of Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC).

In the last one month, Thane AEC arrested top bookie, Sonu Jalan, alias Sonu Malad. The links between the betting case and the gangster have been unfolding following that arrest, said Sharma. Jalan used to run a betting syndicate. His syndicate in India was a part of a global group. The global group was operated from Pakistan by two top Dawood helpers, identified as Ethesam and Doctor (an alias), he added.

There are many members in the syndicate who were operating from outside of India. In the interrogation of Jalan, police were able to identify other players of the betting racket. An AEC official said these includes a former Bandra-based bookie, Junior Kolkata, who is running his business from Thailand; a Bhopal-based bookie, Munir Khan, who is in Dubai; a bookie from Borivli, Chirag Vallav, who is also now in Dubai; and local operatives Kamal Mala from Ahmedabad, and Raja Tanna from Malad.

The official said “they place their bets with international bookie, Anil Kothari, in Dubai.”

In the IPL betting case, Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan has already been named and linked with the bookie Sonu Jalan.

Dawood’s aides Ethesam and Doctor in Pakistan directed Kothari how to work. In order to gather more evidence against the accused, the police are now planning to appeal to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case.

Sharma said “We have already sent a proposal to the home department about invoking MCOCA. It is required to effectively gather evidence against the players in the global betting syndicate that is being run from multiple countries across the world, with its centre in Pakistan.”

The police have not come across any evidence so far to suggest that Sonu or his syndicate had any links with match-fixing or spot-fixing in any other tournament, police have however said very clearly.

(Adapted from TheHindustanTimes.com)