Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Image-PTI

Two people have been arrested by the Delhi Special Police for allegedly helping pass some vital match information to bookmakers related to an IPL match on May 02. According to a report published in the Indian Express, Virender Singh Shah and Balam Singh, who works as a peon at DDCA, have been arrested.

A senior police official said that Shah- a liaison officer in the company outsourced by the DDCA for accreditation related work- and Balam Singh were asked to make accreditation cards of Manish Kansal and Krishan Garg, both of whom were earlier arrested for giving match-related info to bookies from the stadium during RR v SRH fixture.

The duo proceeded to remove the accreditation form of two selected people- one from housekeeping and the other from SDMC- and later replaced it with those of Krishan Garg and Manish Kansal.

“Shah has been working for the last 10 years and Balam is a clerk. They have been approached by the bookies and lured to make accreditation cards of their two men. They got forms of shortlisted applicants from the housekeeping staff company and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). They later removed the forms of two selected applicants and added forms of their men,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

DDCA, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, IPL 2021
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi (Photo-Getty)

Reacting to the development, DDCA President Rohan Jaitley said that the organization has zero-tolerance towards corruption and that a thorough review will be done.

“The person involved has already been suspended and whatever action has to be taken, irrespective of whoever is involved, will be taken appropriately. DDCA has been cooperating with the police investigation and will continue to do so in this matter. Once the investigation is completed, we will act upon it and appropriate measures and changes will be done. A review will be conducted,” said Jaitely.

Additional DCP Rohit Meena said- “We have lodged an FIR against them at IP Estate police station and recovered accreditation cards from their possession.”

Virender Singh Shah’s bail plea was also rejected on June 10.

“Virender Singh Shah has been arrested during the interrogation of accused Krishan Garg and Manish Kansal. Shah was in touch with co-accused persons for making accreditation cards. Shah has put his signatures on the documents of co-accused Krishan Garg which he has sent to him. During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused had put the fake signature of Dr Sunil Minj in the copy of the Aadhar card of accused Garg and obtained an accreditation card. The fact of the matter is that accused has been remanded to judicial custody today only an investigation regarding certain crucial facts is underway and considering the stage of investigation and the enormity of the offence, no ground is made out for grant of bail,” Pankaj Sharma, Chief metropolitan magistrate, said.

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