KOCHI -

Even while Mumbai and Delhi police departments are betting big on their catch of bookies including IPL cricketers in IPL spot-fixing scandal, top police officials of Kerala Police are of the opinion that the cricketers like Sreesanth might be small players and many big shots are involved in the betting in which crores of money is being circulated.

"Sreesanth is just a small fry. Many other people are involved in it. Let's see how the probe is turning out to be," the police officer said and added that the players could indulge in such practices only with the strong support from power corridors.

"Only a detailed probe could unearth the real operators behind the whole network. Mumbai and Delhi Police departments should not just limit their probes with the arrest of the three IPL players and the small time bookies," the officials said and added the betting incident would have come to light after dealings between a few big shots went awry in sharing the money raised out of betting.

According to Kochi range inspector general K Padmakumar, state police could launch a detailed probe into the betting case only if Mumbai Police and Delhi Police get information during interrogation about a similar betting episode that have had occurred in Kerala, and apprise the state police about it, or someone gives a fresh complaint to the Kerala police submitting that similar spot betting took place in so and so match in the state.

Drunk' Sreesanth threw tantrums during arrest

S Sreesanth began shouting and claimed he had close connections with the Kerala and Maharashtra chief ministers after he was accosted by police for alleged spot fixing. Sources told IANS that Sreesanth was with a woman companion in an SUV outside a five-star hotel on Carter Road, Mumbai, when a team of Delhi Police intercepted them.

"When a police officer showed him his identity card, initially he kept silent. But suddenly he started shouting and said that he knew the chief ministers of Maharashtra ad Kerala. How can they arrest him, he demanded," a source said.

He also handed over his mobile phone to the police officers asking them to call the chief ministers. Police sources said Sreesanth was drunk at the time of his arrest and he mistakenly thought he was being detained for drunkenness. Sreesanth, 30, is in the custody of Delhi Police Special cell in connection with the spot fixing scandal busted with his arrest early Thursday morning. His two Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and 12 bookies have also been arrested.

IPL steps up ACSU security for top-four teams

The IPL has stepped up security for the four teams remaining in the tournament by providing them officers from its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), following up a decision taken at Sunday's BCCI working committee meeting. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who reached Delhi on Sunday for the first qualifier to be played on Tuesday, were allotted an officer each on Monday morning. The other two teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, who are set to arrive in Delhi on Tuesday, have also been allotted their respective officers. "We have been told that the officer will stay with the team, travel with us and will work with the team security in-charge," a franchise official said.

ACSU chief Ravi Sawani, who is also heading the commission of inquiry into the allegations against the three players, met senior Delhi police officials on Monday. "I had a very useful meeting with the Delhi Commissioner of Police," he said after the meeting. "The BCCI has assured him of cooperation in the case. I also told him of Rajasthan Royals' intention to file an FIR in the case."

The commissioner, Neeraj Kumar, told Times Now after the meeting that Sawani had asked the police to share information, which Kumar said it would so with court permission. Kumar also said the Royals management had informed the police of their intention to file a case but were yet to do so. "When they do, their complaint can be part of our investigation or a separate case. It's more likely to be the first," Kumar said.

PIL filed for stay on IPL

A public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the four remaining IPL matches and an investigation into spot-fixing and other alleged irregularities. The petition, by Lucknow resident Sudarsh Awasthi, has made all IPL franchises and the BCCI party in the case, along with the federal government.