India's Most Wanted Criminal, Dawood Ibrahim, Set IPL Matches' Illegal Betting Rates
The chargesheet being prepared in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case indicates that India's most wanted criminal, Dawood Ibrahim, set illegal betting rates for IPL matches personally and "also at times manipulated odds on a likely winner through his bookies to rake in large sums of money as betters were hoodwinked into placing bets on a weaker team," according to Neeraj Chauhan of the TIMES OF INDIA. The Delhi Police's chargesheet, "likely to be filed next week, is expected explain how Dawood was not above pulling a fast one even on bookies" who trusted D company's "tipoffs," pointing to "the treacherous world of illegal betting controlled by the don." Dawood, "apparently not one to leave things to chance," cautioned India-based bookie-fixer Ramesh Vyas that he should "work with 'Doctor' and 'Master' and ensure D Company was not duped by cricketers who failed to deliver." The don made good on the threat of "swift retribution for a cricketer reneging on the terms of a deal by using Chhota Shakeel's clout as an underworld enforcer in India," according to sources. About rates "being set by Dawood personally, the chargesheet is expected to state that Pakistan based Salman 'Master' was in regular touch with Tinku Mandi, Feroz, Ramesh Vyas and other big bookies in India and passed on the don's word on the odds" (TIMES OF INDIA, 7/27).