Former India women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe was arrested in IPL betting scam by the detection of crime branch (DCB) unit late on Monday night.
Tushar Arothe, who was the coach of India Women’s Cricket team in their journey towards final of 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, has been arrested by crime branch due to his connection in IPL betting which was eventually going on at his cafe in Alkapuri.
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Police arrested 19 persons, including Arothe’s other business partners- Hemang Patel and Nishchal Mitha in the cafe. However, the Crime branch expressed that Hemang Patel was betting during the game between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab on Monday.
“We had received a tip-off about the betting activities at the Cafe Stock Exchange in Alkapuri where a big screen was placed to relay IPL matches. We kept a watch there and conducted a raid on Monday night. Some persons sitting in a shed next to the cafe were involved in online betting on the IPL match,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, DCP (crime).
“We checked their mobile phones and found that 19 persons, including Hemang, were placing bets on three different mobile applications. Hemang, who is one of the partners in the cafe, had betting app in his mobile and he was accepting and placing bets on the IPL match. Arothe too was present at the spot,” Jadeja told TOI.
Police seized all the phones on an immediate effect. On checking those, they found betting apps in every mobile phone of all the persons; which included college students as well.
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Rishi Arothe, the son of Tushar Arothe is also a partner of the cafe but he was not there
Jadeja said that Arothe’s son, Rishi is also one of the partners in the cafe but he wasn’t there at the spot when police conducted the raid. Rishi Arothe is also a cricketer who plays for Baroda and has played in Ranji.
“Our investigations revealed that Hemang is in the business of betting on cricket games. He used to accept and place bets worth lakhs and he was in touch with a man named Baba. We are now trying to track down Baba,” Jadeja said.
However, the accused were released on bail later but their mobile phones and vehicles have been seized by the cops. Meanwhile, police shared that they didn’t find any betting apps in Tushar Arothe’s mobile phone.
“I had reached at the cafe just 20 minutes before the cops came in. I am not at all involved in any kind of betting. The police checked my mobile phone and didn’t find any betting app in it,” Tushar Arothe told TOI.
“I don’t know why I was arrested. If some customers come in my cafe and bet on mobile apps, how would I know that? As far as Hemang is concerned, he is a partner in the cafe but he always sat with his friends. I have no idea that he was placing bets. I have not committed any illegal activity and I will fight it out for my honour,” Arothe further added.
The 52-year-old former coach Tushar Arothe has a great coaching career. He was the coach of the Indian women’s team from April 2017 to June 2018; where India reached the ICC World Cup final in 2017, the final of the Asia Cup in 2018 and they won the South Africa series as well last year. But he has stepped down from the job last year in August.
Earlier this job, Arothe was the coach in the Ranji Trophy of the Baroda team. Arothe has played 114 first-class games, and 51 List A fixtures.