Meiyappan, actor Vindoo in  judicial custody till June 14

Mumbai : A local court on Monday rejected the Mumbai Crime Branch’s plea to extend the custody of CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, Bollywood actor Vindoo Randhawa and two others arrested in the IPL betting case and remanded them in judicial custody till June 14.

Meiyappan, actor Vindoo in  judicial custody till June 14

The court observed that there is no ground made out for their further police custody. “There is no further ground made out for police custody of the accused and they are remanded in judicial custody,” observed Additional Metropolitan Magistrate M N Saleem.

The court remanded Meiyappan, Vindoo, Alpesh Kumar Patel, a hawala operator, and Prem Taneja, a conduit for bookies, in judicial custody till June 14.

Public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar told the court that further custody of the accused is required for tracing the absconding bookies and to find out about their financial transactions.

However, defence counsels told the court that enough custody has been given to the police and now they can be remanded in judicial custody. After the court’s order, the defence counsels of the accused moved their bail applications, which will be decided on Tuesday.

One more bookie detained

Meanwhile, the cops detained one more bookie at the international airport here in connection with the IPL betting racket.

“We have detained Kishore Badlani alias Kishore Pune at the Mumbai International Airport,” said police sources.

Badlani, who had reportedly gone to Europe after his name cropped up in the betting racket, was taken into custody on his return, they said.

Police are now questioning Badlani as he could be a major link between the bookies in India and Pakistan.

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