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… was closely associated with a popular Indian cricketer.

Officials said the actor has been mentioning the names of a number of famous personalities, including an actor, an actress, and a former cricketer-turned-commentator.

“He has been saying a lot of things about Gurunath and others. Unless we get a chance to question Gurunath, we won’t be able to confirm anything,” said an officer, adding that Mr. Singh said he would often place bets for Mr. Meiyappan.

In a related development, the Crime Branch-CID of the Tamil Nadu police, which investigates the betting scandal in Chennai, arrested Kitty alias Uttam Chunnilal Jain, one of the high-profile bookies who was on the run. The 35-year-old businessman had at least 30 punters, including some industrialists, who actively indulged in betting.

“A special team arrested Kitty on Thursday evening. The minimum betting he would entertain in his business was Rs. 50,000… Kitty is one of the most important bookies. Investigation has revealed that he activated several SIM cards using fake documents,” a CB-CID official told The Hindu .

The agency has so far arrested seven bookies in Chennai and efforts are on to apprehend a few others, including Sanjay Bafna who is believed to have gone to South Africa.