Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: After it was alleged by the Delhi Police on Thursday that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra placed bets on his team through a bookie-friend and that they were probing whether his wife Shilpa Shetty was also into betting, the actress said that she had never bet on any cricket match.
Shilpa Shetty tweeted, “For those who care, my apparent involvement in betting is complete nonsense and I have never bet on any cricket match ever.” “Truth will prevail,” she added.
She also tweeted, “We love cricket, it’s the passion for the sport that made us a part of IPL. It’s extremely disheartening to keep clarifying that.”
Shilpa stated that she would not be talking on the matter anymore. “Won’t be speaking any more as the case is sub-judice,” she said.
In a sensational development today investigators claimed that Raj Kundra (36) told them that he lost around Rs one crore in the past three years in betting in IPL matches. However, police said they have no evidence yet to implicate Kundra in fixing matches.
Kundra, a British national, was questioned for 11 hours yesterday after cricketer Sidharth Trivedi (30) told police that his business partner-friend Umesh Goenka (36) used to ask for information regarding team formation and pitches.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, "He (Kundra) has admitted to betting. He used to bet on his own team. We have also come to know that he has lost a lot of money in betting. He
SN Srivastava, Special Commissioner (Special Cell), said Goenka in his statement before a magistrate informed that he used to place bets for Kundra besides making a reference to Shetty that she also placed bets ‘once’.
"It is in the statement (of Goenka that Shetty placed bets). We have not gone ahead and verified it as of now. But then we are in the process of verification," he said.
Srivastava said he cannot give a timeline to whether Kundra will be called again.
If police claims are to be believed, Kundra started betting in IPL matches after getting 11.7 percent stake in Rajasthan Royals in the third edition of the T20 tournament.
Kundra is the second IPL team owner after Chennai Super Kings` Gurunath Meiyappan who is in the dock for alleged betting. If the charges against the owners are proved, BCCI can give Rajathan Royals the boot from IPL.
Police have confiscated the passports of Kundra and Goenka to ensure that they do not leave the country during investigations. Kundra has since flown back to Mumbai and will be quizzed again soon.
Meanwhile, on in Kolkata today, Jagmohan Dalmiya, chief of the interim BCCI arrangement, said that the Kundra issue will be discussed at the BCCI emergency meeting on June 10 in New Delhi.
With PTI inputs