Tamil Nadu CBCID denies having taken Vikram Aggrawal into custody

The Mumbai Police on Tuesday served a summons on Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Aggrawal at his Boat Club Road residence here, asking him to appear before investigators in Mumbai on Friday. While Tamil Nadu CBCID officials denied having taken Aggrawal into custody, his wife and lawyer claimed he had been picked up on Monday morning.

A four-member team of the Mumbai police, probing the IPL betting scandal, arrived at Aggrawal’s residence around 6 p.m. and gave the summons notice to security officers there.

Earlier, the CBCID, probing the betting syndicate in Chennai, had served a summons on Aggrawal on May 23, stating he should appear at its Guindy office on May 30 for questioning. Advocate Abudu Kumar Rajarathinam said Aggrawal was not absconding and was only preparing to appear before the CBCID. But “it has been more than 34 hours since his disappearance after [Aggrawal’s wife] Vandana told me that the police have taken him away. His mobile phone remains unreachable.”

However, CBCID officials denied that Aggrawal was in their custody. “He had been served a summons to appear before our team on May 30 as we suspect his involvement in cricket betting,” Raja Srinivasan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CBCID, told a press conference.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police team once again carried out searches at the Cenotaph Road residence of CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan on Tuesday afternoon.

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