20 September, 2020

On The Company Account

Shetty's murder may lead to a shake-up in the betting cartels. Is it advantage Chhota Rajan?

On The Company Account
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With the gunning down of Dawood Ibrahim's key associate Sharad Shetty in Dubai on January 19, underworld don Chhota Rajan has accomplished a twin objective. Intelligence agencies believe Rajan's motive was to avenge the attempt on his life in Bangkok and the murder of second-in-command Rohit Verma in September 2001 (allegedly masterminded by Shetty). Rajan is also in a position to move in on cricket's betting syndicates, till now in the vice-like grip of Shetty.

"Shetty's murder is the culmination of a carefully thought-out plot hatched by Rajan's aides. Ahead of the World Cup, there's going to be a big shake-up in those controlling the betting cartels," says an Intelligence Bureau (IB) official who's been keeping track of the match-fixing investigations.

Shetty alias Anna aka Bada Idli (due to his connections to the Udipi hotels in Mumbai) was the financial muscle of the D-Company, widely perceived as the kingpin of the betting syndicates. Having fled to Dubai in 1986 along with Chhota Shakeel and Sunil Sawant, he had in the last 17 years spawned a huge financial...
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