New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals owner and actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was questioned for almost 12 hours by the Delhi Police's Special Cell on Wednesday. Kundra's statement has been recorded and he may be called in for questioning on Thursday as well.
This comes as sources have told CNN-IBN that the police found some of Kundra's answers to be inconsistent. Officers have declined to officially state what Kundra is being questioned for.
Sources have also said that Kundra has claimed that often players invited bookies as personal guests. Late on Wednesday night Raj Kundra tweeted where he lashed out at the media and claimed that he was merely helping the Delhi Police. "Just for the media who spent a full day outside crime branch and didn't get a byte. My visit to crime branch was to help them in the case," Kundra tweeted.
The special cell also quizzed Rajasthan Royals co-owner Umesh Goenka. It was the arrest of 3 Rajasthan Royal on spot-fixing charges that first exposed the spot-fixing scandal.
Kundra is the first person to be questioned after Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was invoked in the case on Tuesday. According to CNN-IBN sources, the Delhi Police is trying to find out the functioning of the franchise.
The police wanted to know from Kundra that whether his players had discussed anything about the bookies in touch with them or given him any hint about fixings. Delhi Police, said sources, asked Kundra about the ownership patterns of Rajasthan Royals. Kundra was also asked if it wasn't his responsibility to ensure the directions of the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI were adhered to. Kundra reportedly told the police that the franchise did try to keep checks where the players stayed but players often invited personal guests.
Police, according to sources, haven't asked Kundra to submit his passport. Kundra has businesses in Dubai, Ukraine and Botswana.
MCOCA is one of the most stringent laws. It provides for any confession made in front of the DCP in Delhi or the SP in any other state to be accepted as evidence. Charges under MCOCA are non-bailable. The police can get custody of the accused of up to 30 days under this charge.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sreesanth was denied bail after the Delhi Police said tough charges would apply against 26 accused under the MCOCA. The police said that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who reportedly lives in Pakistan, and his associate Chotta Shakeel controlled the betting and also declared them accused.