Police forces crack down on bookies across nation

A day after the IPL finals, there was a severe crackdown on bookies across the country. The Goa police arrested six bookies on information by the Delhi police, which is looking for three “fixers” alleged to be conduits of three more cricketers.
After monitoring a casino where bets for IPL matches were being placed, the teams drew a blank till the Goa police caught six bookies from a rented accommodation at Candolim, 9 km from Panaji. Two dozen mobile phones, laptops, iPads and huge sums in cash were recovered from the arrested bookies. Initial information was that all were from Mumbai. Their voice samples will be taken to match with recordings.
There were also arrests in Mumbai, Pune and Kanpur. Late Monday a bookie was arrested in the Greater Noida area.

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Sibal: No govt role, unless it is unavoidable
Age Correspondent
New Delhi, May 27

Union law minister Kapil Sibal on Monday ruled out any intervention by the government in the functioning of the cricket board unless it “becomes absolutely necessary”, but insisted the BCCI hould have a “transparent” system in place to prevent malpractices.
The law minister said the government should keep away from sports “as far as possible”.
He said: “Sports can’t be run by governments. Governments getting involved in sports activities will ultimately damage sports.”
He went on to add: “As far as possible the government should keep away. But when it becomes absolutely necessary, and there is no way out, then of course at that time the government can take a position.”

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