Meiyappan in the dock,police recover crucial evidence from CSK’s official yacht

CSK owner's phone seized from yacht,Chennai hotelier under scanner.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 28, 2013 12:24 am

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday recovered a cellphone belonging to Chennai Super Kings’ official Gurunath Meiyappan,which,according to the police,is an important part of the evidence into the IPL spot-fixing racket. Meanwhile,a summons is being issued to a Chennai-based hotelier whose name has reportedly cropped up in the course of the investigations.

A team of Crime Branch officials conducted a raid on Meiyappan’s Chennai residence all through Sunday,seizing a diary and two cellphones. The team later moved to Meiyappan’s yacht berthed at the marina in Chennai,where the third,and most important cellphone according to the police,was found.

“The third cellphone is the one we have been looking for,as the number has been observed in the call data records that point to Meiyappan’s involvement,” said a senior Crime Branch officer. “The diary seized from Meiyappan’s house contains names and playing forms of several cricketers,from CSK as well as other teams. The three cellphones and the diary are currently being brought to Mumbai,after which we will analyse them further and interrogate Meiyappan about them,” he added.

The officer added that the name of Vikram Agarwal,also known as Victor,whose company V V T Hotels is a partner in two luxury hotels — Radisson Blu and Fortune Select Palms in Chennai — cropped up during Meiyappan’s interrogation. He said Agarwal will be asked to appear before the Crime Branch for questioning on Tuesday.

Meanwhile,the Crime Branch on Monday made two more arrests in the case. The duo have been identified as Devesh Sharma and Kishore Pablani,both alleged to be bookies from Pune who had direct links with arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas. “Sharma and Pablani were using one line each,operated by Vyas,to talk to bookies in Pakistan and Dubai. They are associated with Kishore Badlani alias Kishu Pune,a major bookie from Pune,” said the officer.

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