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Meiyappan in the dock

Mumbai crime branch recovers crucial evidence from CSK official's yacht

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 28, 2013 4:08:31 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.

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 notes about the form of players 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.

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.

Also,a Mumbai police team will leave for New Delhi on Tuesday to seek the custody of Ashwini Agarwal alias Tinku Mandi. A production warrant has already been obtained and the team will be present in the Delhi court on Tuesday when Tikku is produced,said officials.

kingpin bookie held

Chennai police have arrested Sanjay Bafna,said to be one of the kingpins of the booking network in the city. Bafna had escaped — reportedly to South Africa — after a betting ring was busted by the crime branch in Chennai on May 18. When he landed in Chennai airport this morning,the immigration officials held him and handed him over to the crime branch,which had issued an alert for the bookie.

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