Live: Sreesanth's BlackBerry, expensive clothes recovered

Meanwhile, late veteran actor Dara Singh's son Vindoo Dara Singh was arrested by the Mumbai Police for his links with the betting mafia.

  • Updated: May 21, 2013, 11:05 AM IST
Live: Sreesanth's BlackBerry, expensive clothes recovered

New Delhi: 6:41 pm: Sahara franchise pulls out from IPL. Sahara owns the Pune Warriors franchise in the Indian Premier League. Pune Warriors is the costliest franchise in IPL. A Sahara statement said: Sahara bought Pune franchise for a record Rs 1702 crore for 10 years. But they currently have dispute regarding the reduction of the franchise fee as initially there were 94 matches which was later reduced to 74 matches. The issue hasn't been resolved yet.

6:07 pm: Three accused players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - and seven bookies sent to five-day police custody.

6:07 pm: Mumbai Police briefs about the arrests made by it so far. Joint Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Himanshu Roy says Rs 1.28 crore has been recovered from arrested hawala operator Alpesh Patel. He says the Crime Branch made three fresh arrests on Tuesday - Patel, actor Virendra Dara Singh Randhawa (Vindoo Dara Singh) and Prem Taneja. Over all, nine arrests have been made in the case so far, Roy says. Mumbai Police will be interrogating them in the coming days, he says.

5:20 pm: Bookie Alpesh Patel, who was arrested along with actor Vindoo Dara Singh on Tuesday, was in touch with all the bookies who have so far figured in the case, say sources.

5:16 pm: All expenditures of Sreesanth are being looked at, sources reveal.

5:20 pm: Delhi Police recovers Sreesanth's clothing worth Rs 1.95 lakh and a BlackBerry Z10 phone bought from spot-fixing money from his friend's house in Jaipur, say sources. Sreesanth paid with cash for all his purchases, sources add. They also say police are sorting bills recovered from Sreesanth.

5:14 pm: Sources say arrested ex-Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav played for Indian Cricket League and he met bookie Sunil Bhatia in 2007. Sources also say the voice samples of nine accused have been recorded.

5:04 pm: Delhi Police asks for 10 days custody of three accused players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

5:04 pm: Four bookies arrested by the Delhi Police sent to 14 days of judicial custody.

4:57 pm: Prosecution argues in court that Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with both bookies and cricketers.

4:52 pm: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh sent to police custody till May 24.

4:49 pm: Bookie Alpesh Patel arrested along with Vindoo.

4:37 pm: Vindoo Dara Singh charged under sections 465, 466 and 419 so far of the IPC. (Section 465: Punishment for forgery. Whoever commits forgery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. Section 466 of IPC: Forgery of record of Court or of public register, etc. Section 419 of IPC: Punishment for cheating by personation.)

4:20 pm: Producer-Director Mahesh Bhatt says he is shocked to hear about Vindoo Dara Singh's involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. "When you think of Vindoo, you think of the late Dara Singh. I am shocked," says Bhatt.

3:43 pm: Sources say Vindoo Dara Singh did admit to betting after questioned for hours by the Mumbai Police.

3:39 pm: Sources say Vindoo Dara Singh was named by arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas. Vindoo Dara Singh was questioned by the Mumbai Police on Monday night while he was formally arrested on Tuesday morning.

3:28 pm: Late veteran actor Dara Singh's son Vindoo Dara Singh has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for his links with the betting mafia. This comes as police look for more links in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

3:25 pm: Sources say S Sreesanth was taken to Jaipur for some recoveries in connection with the spot-fixing scandal and has been brought back to Delhi now to be produced in court.

2:54 pm: The Supreme Court observed that the 'problem is the lackadaisical approach of BCCI and it must stop'. "There has to be scientific, rational, dispassionate approach on part of BCCI to solve the problem," the apex court said.

The court also said that even judges watched cricket and they were shocked by the spot-fixing scandal. They said that cricket is a gentleman's game and should be maintained so. The apex court added that the credibility of the game should be maintained.

The BCCI, meanwhile, told the Supreme Court that now every team will be accompanied by an anti-corruption unit.

2:35 pm: The Supreme Court has refused to ban IPL as a game and as a league, but has directed the one man commission appointed by the BCCI to look into IPL irregularities and submit its report within two weeks.

1:12 pm: The Delhi High Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday a plea seeking banning of the Indian Premier League till steps are taken to stop corrupt practices.

1:00 pm: A Delhi Police team led by Commissioner Neeraj Kumar is questioning S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan before they are taken to court. The police are likely to tell the court that the names of more cricketers need to be probed.

12:02 pm: The last round of questioning of the three players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - is taking place before they are taken to court.

11:15 am: The Supreme Court will at 2 pm hear a plea seeking a stay on all the remaining IPL 6 matches in the view of the spot-fixing scandal.

11:02 am: The Chennai Police have arrested one more bookie Prashant in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The police say they have recovered Rs 4 lakh cash. As more arrests and detentions in the case come, the government is mulling a law to curb fixing in cricket and other sports. Law Minister Kapil Sibal has said there should be a law to make fixing a criminal offence.

The five-day police custody of the three arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - and 11 bookies who were arrested last week ends on Tuesday. They will be produced in a Delhi court. Police sources say they will ask for further custody of the three cricketers, and seven of the 11 bookies.

Meanwhile, Baburao Yadav, the former Ranji cricketer detained on Monday has been formally arrested and is also likely to be produced in court. Even as the lawyer for former test cricketer Sreesanth prepares to file for bail, the case against him and Ajit Chandila has tightened with developments in the probe by the Delhi Police and the Mumbai Police.

The intense competitiveness between Delhi and Mumbai police in the ongoing probe is throwing up key results. On Monday, the Delhi Police recovered Rs 20 lakh from the house of Ajit Chandila's relative and that Chandila accompanied the raiding team and pointed out the cash kept in his kit, makes it a key linking evidence against him. In Mumbai, police managed to find leads against Sreesanth, recovering pictures of him with known bookie Jupiter and evidence of several deleted email conversations believed to be between the arrested conduit Jiju Janardhan and Sreesanth.

Interestingly, the analysis of Sreesanth's laptop has also revealed his interactions with a casting director, who had mailed him several pictures of models, as well as a folder containing numbers with code names to each. The police also now have evidence that Sreesanth sent a car to get a person picked from the international airport, believed to be Jupiter.

The Mumbai Police also established key links of arrested bookies with Pakistan based operatives. At least 30 such Pakistani links have been established so far. The questioning of alleged ring leader Ramesh Vyas has now led to the identification of at least 15 more bookies who are now being hunted. In Delhi, the BCCI formally joined the probe as its anti-corruption wing chief Ravi Sawani met Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar.

"We are conducting a separate probe. Rajasthan Royals is the most affected team and they have sent a complaint to the police, which will be a part of their FIR," Sawani said.

Meanwhile in Delhi, a third first class cricketer was detained by police for questioning. Officers identified him as Railways player Baburao Yadav. The Delhi Police also recorded voice samples of two of the arrested bookies and Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila. There is still no clarity on whether the police have Sreesanth's alleged conversations with bookies on tape.

The voice samples are a key evidence and will be sent to the forensic lab for matching with tapped phone conversations with the FSL report likely to be used as scientific evidence to establish the chain. However, the big question is whether the Delhi and Mumbai police can formally cooperate to share key linking evidence against the players in a case which is fast acquiring international ramifications.

(With additional information from PTI)

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