Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) A court Friday granted police the custody of Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa and two others, allegedly involved in the IPL spot-fixing scam, till May 28.
Vindu, along with hawala operator Alpesh Taneja and a bookie, Prem Taneja, were arrested by Mumbai police here last Tuesday (May 21).
The trio was presented in Magistrate M. Salim’s court Friday afternoon after their three-day remand ended.
Shortly after their arrest, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy had said that the trio is linked to the bookies already arrested by the Mumbai police and those who are wanted and absconding. Police also recovered cash amounting to Rs.12.80 million from Taneja’s residence.
Last week, Mumbai police nabbed six bookies – Ramesh Vyas, Pandurang Kadam, Pravin Bera, Pankaj Shah, Ashok Vyas and Neeraj – in the same case.
Police are now investigating whether any of the Pakistanis who were in touch with these bookies had links with mafia or terror outfits.
Besides the nine arrests so far, Mumbai police are on the lookout for two bookies from New Delhi, four bookies from Jaipur, two from Gujarat and one from Pune, besides others who work under different aliases.
On May 16, Mumbai police raided the hotel rooms occupied by cricketer S. Sreesanth and his relative-cum-bookie Jiju Janardhan, both of whom were nabbed a day earlier by the New Delhi police, along with his Rajasthan Royals co-players Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, for the IPL-6 spot-fixing scam.