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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Bookie-mafia nexus exposed, CBI chargesheets bookie

Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 20:50 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: In what could be termed as a nexus between bookies and underworld mafia, the CBI has chargesheeted underworld don Babloo Srivastava for using a mobile phone inside the jail premises to criminally intimidate people for extorting money.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The sleuths of Special Investigating Cell stumbled upon the case after the Allahabad High Court ordered a CBI probe on a petition by a lawyer that Srivastava was operating his day-to-day gang operations from within the jail premises with cell phone.According to one of the chargesheets filed by the CBI before the designated court, the investigations disclosed that Babloo Srivastava contacted other persons at various places including cricket satta players from inside Naini jail through mobile phones and threatened and criminally intimidated persons to part with money.Though the investigations were not conducted to find the nexus between bookies and underworld mafia, it could go a long way in helping and unlocking of chain of malpractices in the game of cricket, agency sources said.The CBI chargesheet said the investigations disclosed that the accused had threatened four persons in Mumbai directing them to pay money and forced them to play satta on cricket matches. PTI

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