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Enough intercepts to prove Meiyappan was placing bets: Cops

Mumbai Police Crime Branch sources said Tuesday that there were enough intercepts between Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Virendra Randhawa alias Vindoo Dara Singh to prove that Meiyappan was placing bets

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2013 2:20 am

Mumbai Police Crime Branch sources said Tuesday that there were enough intercepts between Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Virendra Randhawa alias Vindoo Dara Singh to prove that Meiyappan was placing bets,including calls exchanged between the duo during Indian Premier League matches.

According to Crime Branch sources,interception of calls of several accused in the case,including Meiyappan,Vindoo and bookies like Ramesh Vyas,Pawan and Sanjay Jaipur and Chandresh Jain alias Jupiter,began late in April. This was a joint effort by the Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad,and began after the Intelligence Bureau shared information with the agencies about a large number of calls being made to and received from Pakistan and Dubai.

“We picked up an average of five calls during every match of IPL Season 6,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Mumbai Crime Branch has taken voice samples from the arrested accused and sent them for comparative analysis to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Kalina. The reports are awaited and will be a crucial part of the chargesheet,officers said.

Crime Branch also has similar recordings of the arrested as well as wanted bookies,who were in touch with their counterparts from Pakistan and Dubai through Ramesh Vyas. Conversations between Vindoo and the Jaipur brothers reportedly have references to gifts given to Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf,as well as messages telling each other to be careful after the Mumbai Crime Branch and Delhi police crackdown began.

Earlier this month,the Crime Branch also sent a report to the IB about the action taken so far based on the information provided by the central agency.

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