New Delhi: Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals' owner Raj Kundra has been questioned by the Delhi police in matter relating to betting and spot-fixing case that has tainted Indian cricket. Three players from Rajasthan - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - are in custody after being accused of spot-fixing in the sixth edition of the IPL.
Kundra is the first person to be questioned after Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was involved in the case on Tuesday. According to CNN-IBN sources, Delhi police are trying to find out the functioning of the franchise.
The police wanted to know from Kundra that whether his players had discussed anything about the bookies in touch with them or given him any hint about fixings.
Delhi police, said sources, asked Kundra about the ownership patterns of Rajasthan Royals. Kundra was also asked if it wasn't his responsibility to ensure the directions of the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI were adhered to. Kundra reportedly told the police that the franchise did try to keep checks where the players stayed but players often invited personal guests.
Police, according to sources, haven't asked Kundra to submit his passport. Kundra has businesses in Dubai, Ukraine and Botswana.
He was later allowed to go but might be called again for further questioning tomorrow. Top police sources indicate that they were not happy with his answers and found him evasive at times. His written statement has been recorded. The questioning continued for over 12 hours.
MCOCA is one of the most stringent laws. It provides for any confession made in front of the DCP in Delhi or the SP in any other state to be accepted as evidence. Charges under MCOCA are non-bailable. The police can get custody of the accused of up to 30 days under this charge.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sreesanth was denied bail after the Delhi Police said tough charges would apply against 26 accused under the MCOCA. The police said that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who reportedly lives in Pakistan, and his associate Chotta Shakeel controlled the betting and also declared them accused.