A Mumbai court today extended the police custody of Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh,arrested for alleged links with IPL betting syndicates,till May 28.
Mumbai police’s Crime Branch told the court that it planned to ‘confront’ Vindoo with Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan (who has been summoned for questioning) and question him about IPL spot-fixing and betting.
The remand plea of the Crime Branch further said Vindoo placed bets with bookies Jupiter,Pavan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur (all absconding). Vindoo himself also accepted bets from others and forwarded them to these men,it said.
Vindoo,son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh,was arrested on May 21. The court today also extended the police custody of alleged hawala operator Alpesh Patel and Prem Taneja.
According to Crime Branch,Vindoo had arranged accommodation for Pavan and Sanjay in a hotel here and helped them to flee to Dubai later. Both had given their mobile
phones to Vindoo before going to Dubai.
The remand application also said police had yet to recover ‘a parcel’ sent to an umpire (Asad Rauf,Pakistani umpire) by Vindoo through Taneja. The parcel had been given by Pavan to Vindoo.
Seeking Patel’s further custody,Crime Branch’s remand plea said Patel had links with some of the persons arrested by the Delhi police in connection with spot-fixing.
Crime Branch today added an additional charge of criminal
conspiracy to its case and said the planning and action for
betting had started much before the matches.
Metropolitan Magistrate M N Saleem extended the custody of all the accused till May 28.
Earlier,when the judge asked Vindoo if he had any complaints against the police,he promptly said “Mumbai police is good.”
The defence lawyers argued their clients were facing bailable offences and no further custody was required.
Vindoo has also filed a bail application.
Mumbai police had on May 16 busted an alleged international cricket betting racket and arrested Ramesh Vyas (52),Pandurang Kadam (41) and Ashok Vyas (32). During the probe,three others were arrested,followed by Vindoo.