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…to The Hindu that this exchange between Mr. Meiyappan and Mr. Singh did take place, but declined to name the ICC official who cautioned the CSK man. “Apart from checking with the ICC, we do not know whether the ICC official named by him [Mr. Meiyappan] exists,” said a top Mumbai Police official.
On Friday, a Mumbai court extended the police remand of Mr. Meiyappan, Mr. Singh and two others in connection with the case till June 3 after the prosecution sought to establish their connection with absconding bookies Sanjay Jaipur, Pawan Jaipur and Chandresh, also known as ‘Jupiter.’
In its remand application, the Crime Branch asserted that Mr. Meiyappan, Mr. Singh, Alpesh Patel, a hawala operator, and Prem Taneja, a conduit for bookies, needed to be interrogated further in order to know more about the absconding bookies.
The police also said a Crime Branch team had been dispatched to Goa to secure Paresh Batia, another bookie, who was in contact with some of the accused arrested in the case.
In yet another dramatic development, the absconding Chennai-based hotelier, Vikram Agarwal, known in betting circles as ‘Victor,’ appeared before the Crime Branch here to record his statement.
Mr. Agarwal, a close friend of Mr. Meiyappan for the last two decades, is alleged to have led the betting syndicate in Chennai and is said to be a crucial link between Mr. Meiyappan and Mr. Singh.
“He was issued a summons by the Mumbai Police to appear today and his statement is being recorded,” Joint Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said, remarking that the police were yet to take a call on arresting Mr. Agarwal. “We have yet to establish whether ‘Victor’ is a bookie or a punter,” said Mr. Roy.
At the same time, top bookie Ashwini Aggrawal alias ‘Tinku Mandi,’ earlier held by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in connection with the spot-fixing case, was also brought to the Crime Branch office for recording his statement.
His interrogation is likely to shed light on the Pakistan connection of the betting racket, sources said.
Police sources told The Hindu that Tinku Mandi was likely to be formally arrested on Saturday and produced before a court for seeking his remand.
Royals player to depose
Meanwhile, in yet another development in New Delhi, Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) player Siddharth Trivedi will be a prosecution witness in the spot-fixing case, in which three of his team colleagues — S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — have been arrested.
The 30-year-old Trivedi, a medium pacer who represents Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy, had played 17 matches for RR in the recently concluded IPL 6. He had allegedly refused to accept an invitation by Ajit Chandila to attend a party arranged by bookies, while also refusing money and gifts offered by them.