The Central Crime Branch police have arrested the owner of Belagavi Panthers, Ali Asfak Thara, in connection with an international betting scam in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), a tournament organised by Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).
“Thara was touch with a Dubai-based bookie,” said Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police.
The police are also probing his involvement in an alleged match-fixing scam and have summoned as many as 34 cricket players from various teams for questioning.
Mr. Thara was allegedly in touch with bookies and players from other teams evening during the matches that his team was playing, which is against the guidelines.
Sleuths from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) questioned Mr. Thar on Friday.