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ICC Wants Bookie Arrested

3 May 2004

INDIA – As reported by the Hindustan Times: "A month before the Indian cricket team's historic tour of Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked Delhi Police to arrest a New Delhi-based bookie who was allegedly involved in match fixing with some 'world-renowned' and 'corrupt cricketers'.

"The anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), the intelligence wing of ICC, passed on the details of the suspected bookie to police some months ago. But the police have so far made no breakthrough in tracing the alleged punter Rattan Mehta, who owns a restaurant in the Indian capital and belongs to a family of 'gamblers and bookmakers', well-placed sources said.

"The written documents signed by ACSU's chief investigator and general manager Jeffrey Rees were delivered by India-born regional security manager of ICC, N.S. Virk, to Delhi Police Feb 4, sources said.

"…In his letter, a copy of which is in the possession of IANS, Rees discreetly mentions that the punter has links with corrupt cricketers who are actively involved in match fixing.

"…Quoting the 2000 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on cricket matching fixing and related malpractices, the letter stated that Mehta also admitted to being on friendly terms with several members of the Pakistani team, including coach Javed Miandad and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"…The letter reached Delhi Police a month before the historic March-April series between India and Pakistan.

"Allegations of match fixing had dogged the series that India won against Pakistan, but the ICC quickly dismissed the accusations in the absence of any concrete evidence…"

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