The Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths have cracked down on illegalities in the recently concluded Karnataka Premier League (KPL). Yesterday, the Special Enquiry Squad picked up Ali Asfak Thara, owner of Belagavi Panthers franchise, for his alleged involvement in match-fixing and betting.
According to Police sources, Ali was said to have been in touch with players of other teams while the tourney was underway. They said inquiry was still on and further information would be available only after a detailed investigation.
The Bengaluru Police are also expected to seek assistance of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and Anti-Corruption Unit of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in probing the case.
Speaking to Star of Mysore, KSCA Official Spokesperson and KPL Governing Council Member Vinay Mruthyunjaya said that the Police had not informed KSCA about the alleged match-fixing and betting during the KPL and added that the Association would extend its fullest co-operation to the investigating agency if they were approached.
The Police are also expected to question other players with whom Ali was in touch during the KPL. It is also believed that the accused was in touch with few punters and bookies in Mumbai.