Mumbai : The Mumbai Crime Branch probing the IPL betting case on Monday said that actor Vindoo Dara Singh even tried to extract information about IPL matches from CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Agarwal alias Victor was questioned for the second consecutive day and was not given clean chit by the cops, said a source.
The cops further added that the super bookie, Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku Delhi had gone to Dubai thrice where had also met two of the Pakistani bookies, Dr Javed Chotani and Salman.
A source from the crime branch said that Tinku had a direct line with Pakistan bookies and he was also in touch with the absconding accused Kothari and Jupiter. On his second day of interrogation Tinku had revealed that he met cricketer Ajit Chandila through a Nagpur-based bookie Sunil Bhatia, arrested by Delhi police.
After which Tinku, Bhatia, Chandila and Ankit Chavan went in Tinku’s car discussing about fixing, source added.
“First Chandila said that he won’t do ‘anything’ in the first few matches as he had a future prospect to play for India”, said a senior Crime Branch official. Later, Chandila accepted their terms and condition.
“Initially it was decided that Chandila would wear a white watch when the fixed over was to be bowled. Later the bookies decided that Chandila must wear a locket of ‘Hanuman’ and touch it to give bookies a signal, since the white watch was not visible in the ground”, said a senior police official. The officer further added that during a match held between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals on April 17, Bhatia was present in the Jaipur Venue. “Before bowling the over Chandila touched the locket, Bhatia called Tinku and in turn Tinku called Jupiter and placed a bet of Rs 30 lakh”, said the source. The deal was for 14 runs in one over but Chandila gave only two runs in that particular over. Even Chandila had taken Rs 20 lakh for that over. When Chandila was asked about ‘bad performance’ in that over he said, “Batsman ne maara hi naheen main kya karoon” (What can I do if the batsman did not hit the balls)”, said a Crime Branch official.
The police further said that in the next match on April 22 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Chandila gave the same signs, after which Bhatia called Tinku. Soon after which Tinku placed bets of Rs 25 lakh that in the five over session 62 runs would be given. “When Chandila came to bowl, Michael Hussey was on strike and in the first ball Hussey hit a six. At this time Bhatia called Tinku and he placed further bets but Hussey got bowled in the next ball”, said the crime branch official.