statesman news service
MUMBAI, 3 JUNE: A metropolitan magistrate Mr AM Padwad today extended judicial custody of Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, middleman Vindoo Randhwa and two hawala operators Prem Taneja and Alpesh Patel to 14 June, granting a fresh remand application filed by the Mumbai Crime Branch.
The cops requested the court to grant further custody since they wanted to confront Guru and Vindoo with the individual bookmakers arrested by them in connection with spot/match fixing scandal that had hit the Indian Premier League 6.
The Mumbai CB also took the custody of Delhi’s bookie Ashwin Aggarwal from their counterpart in the Capital and brought him to the city for further questioning. The CB has so far arrested 13 bookies from Mumbai and elsewhere.
The cops today argued that Guru’s diary mentioned many names which the Crime Branch would like to ascertain for their involvement in the fixing offences. Sources say, the Mumbai CB is likely to step up pressure on Mr Narayanswami Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Guru, because the BCCI president has rejected the demand for his resignation by erstwhile Board chief Mr Sharad Pawar.
The Nationalist Congress President’s close ally, Mr Ajay Shirke had quit as treasurer before the emergency meeting of the BCCI in Chennai.
The Home Ministry in Maharashtra is under NCP minister Mr RR Patil who has given a free hand to the Crime Branch to get to the bottom of the spot fixing scandal.
The NCP leaders are allegedly miffed by the clever manipulations of BCCI meeting’s proceedings by Mr Srinivasan and Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya  of Kolkata.
The Crime Branch today claimed that a Pune based bookie Kishore Badlani suspected to be close to underworld dons operating from Karachi and the Pakistani betting syndicate was arrested at Mumbai International Airport soon after his arrival from Europe.