Making the 30th arrest in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested alleged bookie Chandra Prakash Jain alias “Jupiter” on Sunday. It is alleged that Jupiter was in touch with other bookies based in Pakistan and Dubai such as Salman and Javed Chootani, who, in turn, were in touch with the racket’s kingpin and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The 35-year-old, a close aide of Tinku Mandi and Ramesh Vyas who were arrested earlier, was arrested in Jaipur. “Following a tip off, we raided a hotel where Jupiter was staying for the past few days and arrested him. He was brought to the Capital and produced before a local court which sent him to five days in police custody,” said a senior police officer.
The officer said Jupiter, whose name features in the already filed charge sheet in the case, hails from Rajasthan and had moved to Jaipur to join his father’s business of exchanging torn-notes.
“After completing his graduation, Jupiter went to Mumbai, where he became a punter under the tutelage of his uncle, who too was a part timer. He later met Vyas and began to work along with him,” said the officer.
With the help of Vyas, Jupiter is learnt to have met some of the big names in the betting industry including those from Pakistan. He subsequently started his betting racket at Jaipur and met Tinku Mandi in 2012.
During the latest edition of IPL, Jupiter made an agreement with Tinku, making him a partner and both decided to share 50 per cent of their profits.
After Tinku’s arrest, Jupiter fled Jaipur and lived in various cities such as Agra, Ujjain and Nagpur to evade arrest.