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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jacob Martin arrested on charges of human-trafficking in New Delhi








Former Indian batsman, Jacob Martin, was arrested in Delhi on Tuesday, 26th of April on charges of running an illegal immigration racket.

Charges of being involved in human-trafficking were registered against him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport police station back in 2003. In the application, the former Indian Railways batsman was alleged to have taken young Indian citizens to UK for playing cricket in exchange for money.

Martin’s illegal racket surfaced after an Indian citizen named Nimesh Kumar with a fake passport revealed that Martin and his associates had arranged a tour of England for him for a sum of Rs 7 lakh.

Kumar, who was later deported to India by the Britain authorities, also alleged that the main beneficiary of the racket was Martin.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R.A. Sanjeev, told reporters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, that the former cricketer was arrested from the trans-Yamuna area of New Delhi.

"Martin formed a bogus team - 'Ajwa Sports Club' - and identified himself as a playing member", he added further.

Martin made his One Day International (ODI) debut on 11 September, 1999 against West Indies and went on to play 10 ODIs for India compiling 158 runs at an average of 22.57. In India’s domestic circuit, the right-handed batsman represented Railways and Baroda.

Despite leaving international cricket in October 2001, Martin continued playing domestic cricket until December 2009.

According to reports, the 38-year old, who is a native of Gujarat, was repetitively asked to cooperate with the probe panel but he refused.

Earlier, Martin’s bail before arrest petition was rejected by the Supreme Court suggesting he surrender. Reward money of Rs 25000 was also announced by the Delhi police for anyone, who would provide information about his whereabouts.

He was presented before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Rajesh Kumar Goyal in the Dwarka court and was later sentenced to eight days of police custody.

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