About the alleged offer made to him by Kapil Dev during the
Singer Cup, 1994 in Sri Lanka, Majoj Prabhakar stated that, during
the Singer Cup, he and Navjyot Singh Sindu were room-mates in the
hotel where the team was staying. The adjoining room in the hotel
was connected to Manoj Prabhakar's room through a common door, and
was occupied by Prashant Vaidya and Nayan Mongia.
One day, when he was in the bath room, N.S. Sindhu called him and
told him that 'Paaji' had come with some offer and wanted to talk
to him. Thereafter, Kapil Dev told him that India had to lose the
next match against Pakistan and Manoj Prabhakar will be paid Rs.
25 lakh to underperform in that match. Manoj Prabhakar stated that
he was flabbergasted at this offer and shouted at Kapil Dev. NS
Sindhu was also present in the room at that time.
Prashant Vaidya and a Bengali journalist, who was sitting in
Prashant Vaidya's room, came to Prabhakar's room on hearing the
commotion and asked him what had happened. Manoj Prabhakar told
Prashant Vaidya that Kapil Dev had offered him money to
underperform. After this incident, he reported the matter to Ajit
Wadekar, manager of the team and also to Mohd Azharuddin, the
captain of the team.
He also informed Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar who were doing
commentary during that series, after a few days. On being asked
whether Kapil Dev made this offer to some of the other players in
the team also, Prabhakar stated that he had no proof to
corroborate this. On being asked why he did not disclose these
facts before the Justice Chandrachud Commission, he stated that he
wanted to disclose everything but Justice Chandrachud told him
that he would not record anything which he would disclose and
hence did not see any point in mentioning Kapil Dev's offer to
About his slow batting in the Kanpur one-day International against
West Indies in 1994, Manoj stated that when Nayan Mongia came to
bat, he told him that there were instructions from the dressing
room that both of them should bat carefully and not lose their
wickets. Nayan Mongia, till date, has not told him as to who was
the person who had given him these instructions.
According to Manoj, one Hiren Hathi is very close to Kapil Dev and
operates as his agent. Also, Kapil Dev was a gambler and played
cards for very high stakes. Similarly, Ajay Sharma is very close
to Mohd. Azharuddin and acts as his agent.
There was an incident in which the late Raman Lamba placed a bet
of Rs. 50,000/- in Prabhakar's name without his knowledge in a
particular match. The opposition was batting second and he was
bowling the last ball of the match with one wicket to go and one
run to win. Prabhakar got the last man out and won the game for
India. Thereafter, he received a telephone call from an unknown
person who claimed himself to be a bookie and threatened him and
told him that he had lost around Rs. 85 lakhs.
Once, when Manoj was in the BCCI office in Bombay, on Prakash
Kelkar introduced him to an unknown person. The latter requested
Manoj Prabhakar to introduce him to some of the Indian players
playing at that point of time in New Zealand. When asked about the
purpose, that person revealed that he had lost a lot of money and
had to make up for it by fixing certain matches through some
According to Prabhakar, he did not believe this man, whereupon the
latter told him that he would ring up Ajit Wadekar and Mohd
Azharuddin and that Manoj Prabhakar could listen to the
conversation on a parallel line. Thereafter, that person allegedly
rang up Ajit Wadekar and Mohd Azharuddin. To his shock, Manoj
Prabhakar heard that both of them had a positive attitude towards
fixing matches. Manoj Prabhakar alleged that this particular
person had informed the team management that Manoj Prabhakar knew
all about their activities and, from then on, he was harassed
continuously by cricket authorities.
On being asked about his mobile phone print-out which disclosed a
number of calls to known bookies/punters including Sanjiv Chawla,
Rajesh Kalra Sunil Dara, Rattan Mehta, etc, Manoj Prabhakar stated
that he had contacted them for the purpose of investigating match
fixing allegations. He further stated that he knew Sanjeev Chawla
since he visited the Gym at Hotel Park Royal and he was looking
for an overseas partner for his cosmetics business and the
telephone calls in his cell phone were in that connection.
Rajesh Kalra is his friend and prints brochures for his cosmetic's
business. He further stated that he also knew Sunil Dara who used
to frequent the gym at Hotel Park Royal and, once or twice, he had
asked Prabhakar about the outcome of cricket matches and he had
given his opinion to Sunil Dara. He admitted that he knew Anand
Saxena very well and had attended a few parties with him. Anand
Saxena, on some occasions, had asked him to introduce cricket
players to him but he had refused.
Manoj Prabhakar admitted that Ajay Sharma introduced him to M.K.
Gupta sometime in 1990 and he knew him as John and not as Mukesh
Gupta. He stated that he had met Mukesh Gupta 5-6 times only but
used to speak to him on the telephone. He father stated that he
had seen Mukesh Gupta abroad also. He confessed that he had
received money and that he used to receive only around Rs.25,000/-
to Rs. 30,000/- for each piece of information. He was paid only
when his information was of use to MK. On being asked whether MK
had given him money to buy a Maruti Gypsy with wide tyres after
the England tour in 1990, he stated that he had purchased a gypsy
with wide tyres after the England tour but he himself had paid for
it. Manoj denied introducing Dean Jones to MK.
He further stated that after a festival match in Sri Lanka in
early 1990's, he was in the same fight as MK. But they had booked
their tickets separately and this was purely accidental. He denied
that MK had ever visited his house in Ghaziabad. Manoj admitted
having made a phone call to Gus Logie at MK's request, but Logie
had refused to do anything for MK. He accepted that he introduced
Mark Waugh to MK in Hong Kong during a six-a-side tournament. He
also admitted introducing Brian Lara, Salim Malik and Alec Stewart
to MK. He denied that he introduced Arvinda D' Silva and Ranatunga
to MK. He stated that for these introductions, he had received
money only once or twice. MK used to pay him only when his
introduction to foreign players resulted in a profitable
relationship. He stated that MK used to pay him money through one
of his servants.
Prabhakar confessed that in the Ranji Trophy Quarter Final match
of 1991 between Delhi and Bombay, he had given information to MK
that Delhi would lose this match since some of the Delhi players
were scheduled to play league cricket in England which was
clashing with further Ranji Trophy engagements. However, he had
denied receiving money from MK for this information. He was very
friendly with Tipu Kohli (a punter) and he used to call him up to
get his opinion and information about cricket matches. Prabhakar
also said that he knew one Mashaal, a bookie of Bombay.
discussion of evidence (oral and documentary) against player)
CBI inquiry has disclosed that Manoj Prabhakar, during his playing
career and after retirement, had linkages with a number of
bookies/ punters. There is also evidence of his having
under-performed and passed on information and introduced other
players to the betting syndicate. There is also evidence of
Prabhakar receiving money from them for rendering such services.
Prabhakar has also placed bets on cricket matches.
to Mukesh Kumar Gupta, he was introduced to Manoj Prabhakar in
1990 by Ajay Sharma, a fact endorsed by both Ajay Sharma and Manoj
Prabhakar. Mukesh Kumar Gupta had further stated that he paid a
sum of Rs 40,000 to Prabhakar before India's tour to England in
1990. He promised to pay him money equivalent to the cost of a
Maruti Gypsy, with wide tyres, after the England tour, if
Prabhakar provided information about weather, pitch, team
composition etc. during the tour. Mukesh Kumar Gupta has also
stated that Prabhakar under-performed at his behest in one of the
Tests in England, which ended in a draw.
Kumar Gupta has further stated that he kept his promise and
financed Prabhakar's Gypsy, with wide tyres, after the England
tour. Prabhakar has admitted to purchasing a Gypsy after the
England tour, but denied that it was financed by Mukesh Kumar
Gupta. However, MK's statement in this respect appears to be more
credible in view of the specific reference to Gypsy with 'wide
tyres' and also the fact that Prabhakar purchased this Gypsy after
the England tour.
Kumar Gupta further stated that Prabhakar had 'sold' him the
information about the Ranji Trophy quarter final match in 1991
between Delhi-Bombay. Prabhakar in his statement has accepted that
he had provided the information that Delhi would lose the match
but denied having received any money from Mukesh Kumar Gupta. It
is, however, difficult to believe that Prabhakar provided this
'information' without expecting any returns. Mukesh Kumar Gupta
has further stated that during the one-day series in Australia
just prior to the World Cup, 1992, Prabhakar had provided specific
'information' about two one-dayers against Australia in which
Mukesh Kumar Gupta made good money on the basis of Prabhakar's
Kumar Gupta has further talked about the England tour of India in
1993. He claims that in two one-day matches in that series at
Gwalior, Prabhakar had provided 'information' which turned out
incorrect. However, in the one-dayer at Bangalore, his
'information' proved correct. As regards the word 'information'
used by MK, it is difficult to believe that in an age when
television has brought cricket to our drawing rooms and expert
commentators thoroughly analyse various aspects of match like
pitch, team strengths, probable result, etc., such information
provided by a player is of any use to a bookie. So, in this
respect, it has to be construed that the word 'information' is a
euphemism for under-performing or 'fixing'. Mukesh Kumar Gupta has
referred to a number of instances when Prabhakar had introduced
him to foreign players on payment of money.
has stated that he used to receive money only when such
introduction proved profitable to Mukesh Kumar Gupta. Mukesh Kumar
Gupta has stated that the following players were introduced to him
Arvinda D'silva :
Mukesh Kumar Gupta has stated that Prabhakar had introduced
Arvinda D'silva to him but Prabhakar in his statement has denied
Salim Malik :
Prabhakar introduced Malik during a match between Wills Cup
winners of Pakistan and Wills Cup winners of India. This match
took place in 1991 at Delhi. Prabhakar has accepted that he
introduced Salim Malik to Mukesh Kumar Gupta.
Dean Jones :
Dean Jones was introduced by Prabhakar during a festival match at
Sri Lanka and Prabhakar was paid a sum of Rs 2 lakh. Mukesh Kumar
Gupta has further stated that he and Prabhakar had come back to
India in the same flight from Colombo after that tournament.
Prabhakar has denied that he introduced Dean Jones, but accepted
that he and Mukesh Kumar Gupta had come back to India by the same
flight on one occasion from Sri Lanka.
Prabhakar introduced him to MK and Prabhakar has accepted it.
Mukesh Kumar Gupta has stated that he was introduced by Prabhakar.
The latter has denied it.
Prabhakar introduced him. Accepted by Prabhakar.
Mark Waugh: MK
was introduced to Mark Waugh by Prabhakar during a six-a-side
tournament in Hong Kong. Prabhakar has accepted this in his
Gus Logie : Prabhakar had rung up Gus Logie from his (Prabhakar's)
residence at Ghaziabad for an introduction to Mukesh Kumar Gupta
but Logie refused to talk to him. Prabhakar has accepted this in
from Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Prabhakar was also involved with punter
Tipu Kohli. Tipu Kohli has stated that he used to get
'information' from Prabhakar about cricket matches, especially
during the England tour of India in 1993 and also paid him a sum
of Rs 1 lakh on one occasion. Prabhakar has admitted that he was
very friendly with Tipu Kohli and used to provide him
was also very close to another bookie Anand Saxena. Prabhakar, in
his statement, has said that Anand Saxena often requested him to
introduce cricket players, which he claims he had refused. Even
recent cell-phone printouts of Manoj Prabhakar show a number of
calls to bookies/punters like Sanjeev Chawla, Rajesh Kalra, Sunil
Dara and Rattan Mehta. Prabhakar, in his statement, has said that
he is in touch with these persons for the purpose of
'investigation' into match-fixing. However, significantly, none of
them have figured in the "tehelka tapes".
Rajesh Kalra has stated that Prabhakar has placed bets on cricket
matches through him and Prabhakar himself has stated that he had
given his 'opinion' about certain matches on occasions to Sunil
Dara. Prabhakar has also accepted that he is close to a Bombay
bookie named Mashaal. The evidence against Prabhakar discloses
that, during his playing career and even after retirement, he has
been very close to a number of bookies/punters. He had received
money in exchange for 'information' about cricket matches from MK
and Tipu Kohli.
to MK, Prabhakar had also under-performed in some matches at his
behest. Further, Prabhakar had received money from MK to introduce
foreign players to him. Prabhakar has denied having introduced
Arvinda D'silva, Arjuna Ranatunga and Dean Jones to MK. There are
no reasons to disbelieve MK in this regard, as Prabhakar has
accepted introducing/ contacting five other foreign players for
MK. The evidence against Prabhakar discloses his nexus with a wide
array of bookies/punters, which has contributed significantly to
corrupting cricket in India and abroad.