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IPL spot-fixing: Bookies owned Lanka league team, says Vindoo Dara Singh

Gautam S Mengle

Posted: May 30, 2013 at 1058 hrs IST

Mumbai: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested in the IPL betting racket, has allegedly told the Mumbai Police Crime Branch interrogators that wanted bookies Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur have stakes in a team playing in the Sri Lanka Premier League on benami basis.

According to Crime Branch officials, the revelation came while Vindoo, who has been interrogated for several days, was quizzed regarding the whereabouts and background of the Jaipur brothers. The duo allegedly fled the country with Vindoo’s help and are currently believed to be in Dubai.

“As Vindoo is among the few arrested accused to have been in direct contact with the Jaipur brothers, to the extent of arranging their accommodation and helping them flee the country, we have been interrogating him to know as much about the duo as possible. We were trying to get an idea of exactly how the Jaipur brothers are in the betting circuit when Vindoo told us about them buying the team,” said a Crime Branch officer.

“You want to know how big they are? They own an entire team,” Vindoo is reported to have told Crime Branch officials during questioning. On being quizzed further, Vindoo allegedly revealed that the brothers acquired a stake in the team earlier this year for crores of rupees on benami basis. Vindoo, however, has claimed that he does not know how or through whom the transaction was made, and the Crime Branch is interrogating him further.

Meanwhile, Gurunath Meiyappan’s diary and three cell phones, which were seized from his house and yacht in Chennai, were brought to Mumbai on Wednesday. Four officers of the Mumbai Crime Branch are in Chennai on a standby in case anything else needs to be done. The police will be confronting Meiyappan with the diary on Thursday, and will specifically interrogate him about the players whose names and playing forms he has allegedly noted down in the diary.

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