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The family of Kishore Badlani (38),the alleged bookie arrested by Mumbai police on Monday,has denied allegations that he was involved in the IPL spot-fixing case. Badlanis wife Riya (35) also maintained that he has no links to the Dawood Ibrahim betting syndicate. Related: Badlani was held twice in the past for betting: Cops
He is into small-time betting. He is not involved in any spot-fixing in cricket matches…We are stunned to hear of these false allegations. My husband is absolutely innocent…, she said.
Kishore Badlani was picked up by the police from Mumbai international airport around 3 am,when the Badlani family landed there on their way back from a Europe tour. We had gone on a seven-day tour of Europe. The moment we landed at the airport,my husband was detained by the police. I and my children returned to Pune this morning, said Riya. The family went to Europe as part of a package tour with 40 others.
The Badlanis live in Vaibhavnagar residential complex of Pimprigaon,located in the industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad. Their duplex flat is located on the third floor of the P block of the residential complex.
Rubbishing allegations that their Europe trip was nothing more than an attempt to elude the law enforcement agencies after his name surfaced in the IPL spot-fixing case,Riya maintained: I,my husband and our two children had gone to Europe on a vacation just like we do every year. The Europe tour was planned well in advance back in February or March. We can show you the bookings we made with a package tour company. So where does the question of my husband fleeing (to Europe) arise?
Riya said that before the Europe tour,the family had visited a few local places. We also holidayed in Mahabaleshwar just before we left for Europe. Also,we had a few family functions to attend. All the while he had been so busy that he hardly got any time to even watch the IPL matches, she said.
Riya said that when they were on tour,her husbands name had apparently cropped up in the betting case. My brother-in-law immediately informed the Pune police,in writing,that as soon as Kishore lands in Pune,he would present himself to the police. This shows we have nothing to hide…my husband has nothing to do with the IPL betting case. If he had not been detained,he would have in any case appeared before the Pune police today, she said.
Conceding that her husband was into betting,Riya said,…he is into small-time betting. He is not a big-time bookie as is being made out to be. Every morning he plays cricket and goes to his spare parts shop at Wakad,where he remains busy throughout the day. We were shocked to hear of Kishore being accused of having links with the Dawood Ibrahim betting gang. I am sure that the police will find nothing and release him immediately.
Riya admitted that her husband had been arrested earlier for betting,but that was only once and he was released on bail in no time.
According to a local corporator,nearly 80 per cent of Pimpris businessmen are into betting. But they are all into small-time betting. There must be only four or five bookies with big contacts, the corporator said.
Since Badlani was arrested from Mumbai airport,Pimpris Vaibhavnagar complex is suddenly on all national news channels. The local residents apparently know Kishore Badlani,but refuse to speak about him. Yes,I heard about him on TV. But I dont know anything about him, said a resident.
The shocked family members have locked themselves up in their third floor flat and refuse to open the door to outsiders.