IPL 2021: DDCA peon arrested for issuing fake IPL accreditation to bookies – Delhi and District Cricket Association peon named Balam Singh and Virender Singh Shah has been arrested by Delhi Police for issuing fake IPL accreditation to bookies during an IPL game on May 2. The match was played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Fake IPL Accreditation: Virender Singh Shah was a public relation officer in a company hired by DDCA for the accreditation-related work for the IPL 2021. Shah and Balam made accreditation cards for Manish Kansal and Krishan Garg, who gave the match related information to the bookies from the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Both Kansal and Garg were arrested by police.
A police officer said,” Shah and Balam removed the accreditation forms of two people, one from the housekeeping company and the other from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), and replaced them with those of Kansal and Garg.”
Fake IPL Accreditation: “Shah has been working for the last 10 years and Balam is a clerk. They have been approached by the bookies and lured to make accreditation cards of their two men. They got forms of shortlisted applicants from the housekeeping staff company and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). They later removed the forms of two selected applicants and added forms of their men,” a senior police officer added.
While underling that DDCA has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, its president Rohan Jaitely told The Indian Express, “The person involved has already been suspended and whatever action has to be taken, irrespective of whoever is involved, will be taken appropriately. DDCA has been cooperating with the police investigation and will continue to do so in this matter. Once the investigation is completed, we will act upon it and appropriate measures and changes will be done. A review will be conducted.”
Fake IPL Accreditation: Additional DCP (Central) Rohit Meena said, “We have lodged an FIR against them at IP Estate police station and recovered accreditation cards from their possession.”
Shah’s bail application was denied by a Delhi Court on June 10, after which, Chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Pankaj Sharma issued a statement in which he said, “Virender Singh Shah has been arrested during the interrogation of accused Krishan Garg and Manish Kansal. Shah was in touch with co-accused persons for making accreditation cards. Shah has put his signatures on the documents of co-accused Krishan Garg which he has sent to him. During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused had put the fake signature of Dr Sunil Minj in the copy of the Aadhar card of accused Garg and obtained an accreditation card. The fact of the matter is that accused has been remanded to judicial custody today only an investigation regarding certain crucial facts is underway and considering the stage of investigation and the enormity of the offence, no ground is made out for grant of bail.”