The Crime Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday re-examined hotelier Vikram Agarwal, allegedly involved in the IPL betting scandal. Investigators said a summons was issued to Chennai Super King’s Gurunath Meiyappan. Kitty alias Utham Jain and other bookies have already been grilled.
“The re-examination of the suspects was necessitated by the findings of the Mudgal Committee and the allegations made by Superintendent of Police Sampathkumar. We have examined Vikram Agarwal, Kitty and others. The process will be completed in a day or two,” a top CB-CID official told The Hindu.
The Mudgal Committee held that the charges of betting against Mr. Meiyappan stood proved but added that its conclusions were not meant to decide whether he was guilty of the offence. The case is expected to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sampathkumar, suspended by the State Government, maintained that Kitty did divulge “sensitive” information during interrogation by the ‘Q’ Branch CID team headed by him. He sent the inputs in an unsigned note to the then Inspector-General of Police (Internal Security). Details of the interrogation were also shared with CB-CID officials, he said.
Claiming that the corruption allegations against him were false and baseless, Mr. Sampathkumar said he accounted for his bank transactions when the CB-CID questioned him.
The information revealed by Kitty could be corroborated through various means. Two important aspects of the case were not touched upon – the fixing of a match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and the involvement of a Delhi-based cartel having close links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, he said.
Mr. Sampathkumar said the Call Details Record of Kitty and a few others would throw more light on the match-fixing angle.