Match-fixing ‘kingpin’ Dandiwal arrested in India

Mohali police have arrested Ravinder Dandiwal on charges of being involved in match-fixing.

Match-fixing 'kingpin' Dandiwal arrested in India
Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal shows the laptops, mobile phones and documents recovered with Ravinder Singh Dandiwal (in blue shirt) standing behind him. (Source: The Indian Express)

He has been accused of being involved in a T20 match in Mohali. The match was played in Mohali, India, but it was reported online that it was being played in Sri Lanka. Police arrested Dandiwal last Thursday after arresting two bookies, Rajesh Garg and Pankaj Arora.

“After interrogation from the two accused arrested earlier, the Mohali Police arrested the kingpin of fixing racket Ravinder Singh Dandiwal, son of Gurnam Singh and resident of house number 108, Nohar, Hanumangarh, Rajasthan from Mohali on July 5,”

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Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said at a press conference Monday.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Dandiwal, who hails from Rajasthan, has organized fraudulent tournaments before. Pal Singh, deputy superintendent of police in Kharar, told PTI that they would conduct a more detailed investigation into the mastermind.

Dandiwal, who emerged as the ringleader of the entire cycle, was arrested on Monday. He was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a T20 match. His role in the whole cycle will be further investigated.

Ajit Singh, head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) -ACU, told PTI that they wanted to interrogate Dandiwal.

“Whatever information we have we will pass it on to Punjab Police, if it helps them in their investigation or whatever we can gather from them, we will gather it. Our team will be from Delhi,” BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh told PTI.

“He has been arrested in connection to the T20 game (that was portrayed as a T20 game in Sri Lanka but was actually happening in Sawara village).

“We would like to have access to him also but that depends on Punjab Police. We are hopeful we will get it,” Singh said.

The venue of the match on June 29, was Savara village near Chandigarh, The Indian Express reported on Friday. It was said in the streaming that Uva is a T20 league in Badulla, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Cricket and Uva Province Cricket Association said they were not involved in the tournament.

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