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Evasive Jacob Martin arrested, at last

Cricketer Jacob Martin at the police headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Cricketer Jacob Martin at the police headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.  

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The former cricketer, Jacob Martin, who carried a reward of Rs. 25, 000 on his head, has been arrested by the Delhi Police in a human trafficking case.His alleged involvement came to light during the interrogation of Nimesh Kumar, who was found travelling on a fake passport on December 11, 2004, when he arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from the United Kingdom.

Nimesh purportedly told the police that he had paid Rs.7 lakh to his agent, Rajender Bhat, who along with his accomplices Jacob and Janak Lal, had arranged for his U.K. visit. He was also said to have told the police that Jacob formed a bogus cricket team and made him manager. The team visited the U.K. in September 2004. While the other members returned to India, Nimesh stayed behind. The family members and relatives of Nimesh also named Jacob and Rajender as being part of the trafficking racket.

The police procured a non-bailable warrant against Rajender and Jacob as they did not join the investigation. Rajender, who was arrested on January 3, 2011, purportedly told the police that he had received only Rs.25,000 as his share in the money and the balance was kept by the cricketer.

The police carried out several raids on Jacob's house at Vadodara in Gujarat, but he evaded arrest. Revenue records and the property owned by the cricketer were also scrutinised to ascertain his income details.

On February 1, Jacob filed an application in a Dwarka court here seeking anticipatory bail. But it dismissed the application and asked him to join the investigation. The cricketer then filed another application seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant, but it was also dismissed. He then moved the Delhi High Court, but did not get any relief. On April 18, Jacob filed a special leave petition for anticipatory bail in the Supreme Court and it was dismissed the next day. Finally, he was arrested by the IGI Airport police on Tuesday at Babarpur in Shahdara, following a tip-off.



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