02 October, 2020

The Faceless Canary

MK's tale is one of a 'magnificent obsession' and some dirty tricks

The Faceless Canary
In many ways, this elusive bania from Delhi proved to be the pivotal figure in the match-fixing probe. Mukesh Kumar Gupta alias MK alias John, who began life in the grimy bylanes of Mohalla Dassan in Old Delhi as a nondescript bank clerk and then was pitchforked into the glitzy world of power and money, provided the cbi with the momentum to move ahead.
It was a chance encounter with a few residents near his colony placing bets on a cricket match in 1984 that sucked him into what was later to become a magnificent obsession.
Determined to make it big, MK was willing to go to any length to attain his goal.
That trait perhaps explains how in less than eight years he made the shift from a ramshackle house in the inner folds of Old Delhi's Ballimaran to the filthy opulence of New Delhi's upmarket Defence Colony. Soon, he had built up the swanky jewellery showroom, ams Jewellers.
Having endeared himself first to Ajay Sharma and then "ensnaring" Manoj Prabhakar and Mohammed Azharuddin, MK, a quick learner in "real commerce", began befriending foreign players. Martin Crowe,...


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