Vindoo dialled Kolkata CEO

Actor-turned-bookie says he failed to get any information from Venky Mysore.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 4, 2013 1:17:54 am

Actor-turned alleged bookie Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore,and may have attempted to extract inside information from him,Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers said on Monday.

He was,however,unable to get anything out of Venky,Vindoo has apparently told his interrogators. Crime Branch officers said they did not intend to question Venky at the moment. Venky denied having been in touch with Vindoo ever. “I have never spoken to him. I don’t know where this has come from,” the KKR CEO told The Indian Express.

Vindoo,who spent 14 days in police custody before being remanded in judicial custody on Monday,has named several people during interrogation,and his statements have been instrumental in the arrest of CSK team principal and BCCI president N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

“Investigations have revealed that Vindoo was in touch with Venky Mysore. It was his regular modus operandi to befriend anyone he came across in the cricket world,and to try to get information about upcoming matches,pitch conditions,team composition etc.,which he could use for betting. Vindoo has named Venky,but has also said that he did not get any ‘useful information’,in his own words,from him,” a Crime Branch officer said.

Police said Vindoo attended cricket-related parties with this same purpose. He reportedly met Meiyappan at one such party,stayed in touch,and introduced the latter to betting. According to police sources,Vindoo had also tried to befriend Manpreet Gony and Adam Gilchrist,but did not have much luck.

The Crime Branch is,meanwhile,yet to take a call on whether Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Aggarwal alias Victor should be arrested or made a witness. Aggarwal allegedly bet on IPL matches,and was in touch with Vindoo,Meiyappan and absconding bookie Chandresh Jain alias Jupiter.

Cops nab bookie Badlani

The Mumbai police on Monday morning nabbed Kishore Badlani for communicating with Pakistan-based bookies during the IPL matches using three mobile handsets. He was apprehended by the property cell of the crime branch from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,while on his way back from a Europe tour with his family. He was later sent to police custody till June 6. So far the police have arrested 15 people in the IPL spot-fixing racket.

Seeking Badlani’s custody,public prosecutor Kiran Bendbhar said,“The arrested accused Ramesh Vyas and Badlani had,on several occasions,made conference calls to Pakistan during IPL matches. Bets were placed through these calls.” The police,in its remand copy,have given two numbers allegedly used by Badlani and Vyas. “The duo gambled and placed bets on a daily basis,” the court was informed.

Meanwhile,10 accused,including actor Vindoo Dara Singh and Chennai Super Kings principal Gurunath Meiyappan,moved their bail pleas after the court rejected further police custody. Vindoo has already spent 14 days in jail and Meiyappan was arrested on May 25. Both were remanded in judicial custody till June 14 along with two alleged bookies Alpesh Patel and Prem Taneja.

Seeking bail for Vindoo,his counsel Satish Maneshinde said the sole allegation that he was in touch with bookies does not amount to any crime. “It is a baseless allegation. He cannot be roped in under non-bailable charges on such flimsy grounds,” he argued.

Vindoo has been accused of aiding two Rajasthan-based bookies,Pawan and Sanjay,to escape from Mumbai by providing them a car drop to airport.

Meiyappan’s lawyer,Aabad Ponda,argued that sections of cheating,match fixing and spot fixing cannot be applied against him. “The prosecution may have charged him with these offences but now its been 10 days and since they have not been able to get any evidence so far,he (Meiyappan) should be released on bail,” Ponda said.

Citing apex court guidelines,Ponda argued that as the offences did not attract more than seven years of punishment,they were entitled for bail.

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