Raj Kundra involved in betting for IPL: Delhi Police
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday claimed that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra had admitted to placing bets on his team through a bookie-friend.
Investigators also claimed Kundra (36) told them that he lost around Rs 1 crore in the past three years in betting in IPL matches. However, police said they have no evidence yet to implicate Kundra in fixing matches.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, “He (Kundra) has admitted to betting. He used to bet on his own team. We have also come to know that he has lost a lot of money in betting. He used to bet through Goenka, who is also a bookie.”
SN Srivastava, Special Commissioner (Special Cell), said Goenka in his statement before a magistrate informed that he used to place bets for Kundra besides making a reference to Shetty that she also placed bets ‘once’.
“During questioning, Kundra has mentioned that he was placing bets for the last three years and the amount that he lost, all put together, was to be around Rs one crore,” he said.
“It is in the statement (of Goenka that Shetty placed bets). We have not gone ahead and verified it as of now. But then we are in the process of verification,” he added. Srivastava said he cannot give a timeline to whether Kundra will be called again.
If police claims are to be believed, Kundra started betting in IPL matches after getting 11.7 percent stake in Rajasthan Royals in the third edition of the T20 tournament.
Kundra is the second IPL team owner after Chennai Super Kings’ Gurunath Meiyappan who is in the dock for alleged betting. If the charges against the owners are proved, BCCI can give Rajathan Royals the boot from IPL.