The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is planning to initiate the process of getting a letter rogatory (LR) issued to a court in Pakistan to question umpire Asad Rauf in the IPL betting case.
According to Crime Branch sources,wanted bookie brothers Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur,who are said to be hiding in Dubai before coming to Mumbai,had not only placed bets during the last IPL season,but also sent gifts to Rauf,the Pakistani umpire who officiated in IPL 6.
We want to question Rauf to get details of his association with Jaipur brothers,and we have a reason to believe that he had links with IPL betting racket. And we can get Rauf,who is in Pakistan now,through a letter rogatory issued, said senior crime branch official.
A letter rogatory or a letter of request is a formal written communication sent by a court in one country to a foreign court requesting judicial assistance. It is the only means by which police can carry out investigations in a foreign country and gather evidence there that is admissible in a domestic court.
Rauf was supposed to collect costly shoes and dress materials from Delhi but he didnt take them after being apparently tipped off. The gifts were sent by Jaipur brothers during the IPL, the officer said. Crime Branch claimed that Rauf,who left India after his name cropped up in the IPL betting racket,was hand-in-glove with the bookies.
The police said that on Raufs suggestion,Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh had once placed bets using all his savings,but had lost that money. However,the officer did not reveal in which particular match this had happened.
Gurunath Meiyappan,who is son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan,and Vindu were among the 20 accused arrested in the case so far. However,both Gurunath and Vindu are out on bail now.