IPL Spot-Fixing: Siddharth Trivedi admits to taking money from bookies

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals pace bowler Siddharth Trivedi, who became a prosecution witness, has reportedly admitted to have taken money from the bookies only to return it back to them later.

According to media reports, Trivedi has told the Delhi police that he had taken Rs 3 lakh from bookies Deepak Sharma and Sunil Bhatia in 2012 but he returned the money fearing he would be caught in the wake of a sting operation which trapped several domestic players last year.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals player Sidharth Trivedi became a prosecution witness in the IPL spot-fixing case in which three players of his team- S Sresanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan- have been arrested.

The spot-fixing scandal broke out on May 16 when Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players -- Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan -- and bookies from Mumbai and Delhi for allegedly manipulating certain parts of matches. A total of 26 people, including former players, have been arrested from various parts of the country since May 16. However, apart from Ajit Chandila everyone has been released on bail.