IPL spot-fixing: Chennai hotelier under scanner

Vikram Aggarwal is suspected to have introduced CSK CEO Gurunath to actor Vindoo Dara Singh.

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai | Published:May 28, 2013 2:47 am

Investigations into the spot-fixing racket have put a Chennai-based hotelier under the scanner. Vikram Aggarwal,allegedly known as Victor in betting circles,is said to have been an active punter who placed bets of up to Rs 1 crore.

Aggarwal,whose company V V T Hotels is a partner in two luxury hotels — Radisson Blu and Fortune Select Palms in Chennai — is suspected to have introduced Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan to actor Vindoo Dara Singh. They are reported to have named Victor during interrogation.

Sources said police,while busting a betting ring in Chennai soon after the arrest of the three Rajasthan Royals players,found that one of the main bookies,Uttam C Jain alias Kitty,was in constant touch with one Victor. They found Victor had made over 100 calls to Kitty from a number registered in the name of Aggarwal’s wife. During interrogation,Kitty reportedly revealed that Aggarwal was Victor.

Besides Vindoo and Meiyappan,Aggarwal is also suspected to have been in touch with bookie Chandresh Jain alias Jupiter.

The Mumbai Crime Branch Monday said Aggarwal had been summoned for questioning. But Aggarwal’s lawyer,Abudu Kumar Rajaratnam,said he had been picked him up at 7.30 am.

“Police are not confirming this,leading to fear and confusion in the family. His wife has sent a telegram to the DGP,” Rajaratnam said.

Crime Branch officials denied that Aggarwal had been picked up or had surrendered.

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