Gurunath Meiyappan, Vindoo Dara Singh's bail pleas reserved till Tuesday

Gurunath Meiyappan s (above) lawyer Aabad Ponda argued that the CSK team honcho was not involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing © PTI

Mumbai: Jun 3, 2013

A local court on Monday reserved till Tuesday its order on the bail applications filed by CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested in the IPL betting scandal, after they were sent in judicial custody till June 14.

Meiyappan and Vindoo filed bail pleas soon after the metropolitan magistrate remanded them in judicial custody.

Urging the court to grant them bail, the duo’s lawyers argued that their custodial interrogation was not required.

Meiyappan’s lawyer Aabad Ponda argued that the CSK team honcho was not involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing.

“The one case is that of placing bets with Vindoo. Placing bets is a bailable offence. All the sections levelled against him are bailable except three – 420, 466 and 468 of the IPC. It is not the case that Meiyappan forged documents hence 466 and 468 are not applicable,” he argued.

Relying on a Supreme Court judgment, Ponda contended the basic rule is that in a case which does not fetch life imprisonment, the accused should be granted bail. None of the sections under which Meiyappan has been charged with invite life sentence, he said.

“Meiyappan responded to the summons issued to him by the police. There is no question of him absconding. Tapping of my phones and all other evidence has been taken by the police even prior to Meiyappan’s arrest,” Ponda argued.

Advocate Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Vindoo, argued that the allegation against the arrested actor can be at the most only for contacting bookies but it cannot be said that he was part of the larger conspiracy.

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