Ramesh Vyas,a major bookie who was arrested by the Mumbai police last month is now in the custody of the Delhi polices special cell. Vyas was brought to the city by the Mumbai police on Saturday morning.
A production warrant was issued against him by the court in the IPL spot fixing case. The court of Metropolitan magistrate Namrata Aggarwal sent Vyas to 10 days of police custody after the investigating officer informed the court that Vyas was to be interrogated in the case as he is allegedly a major player in the Dawood Ibrahim-betting syndicate.
The police told the court that Vyas’s questioning was important as he controlled the betting syndicate in South India. The police also told the court that Vyas was in touch on the phone with alleged Delhi bookie Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi,as well as with Pakistan-based members of the crime syndicate.
The police have also stated that they were trying to trace Vyas’s associate Firoz,who is absconding. Vyas will also be interrogated on the whereabouts of several Nagpur-based bookies. Vyas is a key bookie who was directly in touch with people representing the underworld. His interrogation will help us ascertain the links of some bookies we have already arrested, said a police official.
Meanwhile Vyas’s counsel Santosh Chaurihaa told the court that there was a ‘serious apprehension that the police may obtain a confession under duress by pressurising’ Vyas. Chaurihaa also filed application for medical care claiming that Vyas was suffering from blood pressure. The court ordered Chaurihaa to hand over Vyas’s medical prescription to the police. Vyas will now be produced in court on June 18.