Belagavi Panthers Franchise Owner Arrested
After seven days of interrogation, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested the owner of the Belagavi Panthers franchise, Ali Asfak Thara. CCB, a unit of the Bengaluru police, began investigating the alleged cricket racket at the KPL 2019 earlier this month.
Ali Asfak Thara owns the tourism and travel industry and acquired the Belagavi Panthers franchise in 2017. He was also a shareholder in Kerala Kings and helped organize the International Cricket League in Sri Lanka.
The CWB initiated the investigation at the request of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Over the past few weeks, police have interviewed players and coaches from a few teams.
“The CWB uncovered a Paris scandal in the KPL. Ali, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers team, was betting on the matches. He placed bets with a bookie who would be in Dubai. He is arrested for gambling, ” said Sandeep Patil, deputy commissioner of police.
In addition to match rigging, the police are also looking at rigging (throwing, batting, wide, no ball, etc.). “Match-fixing is still under investigation. Ali was in contact with players from other teams during the KPL. Players are under investigation, ” Patil added.