IPL 2013 spot-fixing row: Ankeet Chavan to tie knot under police surveillance

Ankeet Chavan was arrested for his alleged role in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy © AFP

Mumbai: Jun 1, 2013

Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths will keep a hawk’s eye on guests attending the wedding ceremony of tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketer and an accused in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy, Ankeet Chavan in Mumbai on Sunday.

Chavan is tying the knot with his sweetheart and IT consultant Neha Sambari in a low-key ceremony.

The cricketer was given conditional bail by a Delhi court till June 6 for marriage.

“We are keen to see who are the guests at Ankeet Chavan’s marriage,” said a crime branch official.

According to Crime Branch sources, arrested bookie Ashwin Agarwal, alias Tinku Delhi alias Tinku Mandi, has already told Delhi Police about his financial dealings with Chavan and his Rajasthan teammate Ajit Chandila.

Rajasthan players Chavan, Chandila and S Sreeshanth were arrested on May 16 by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing for an IPL tie.

“If he (bookie) says new things about Chandila, Chavan or Sreeshanth, then they will be questioned (in that regard),” said a crime branch official.

Meanwhile, sources said Tinku had met Chandila and Chavan on March 28 in Delhi and paid Rs 20 lakh to Chandila.

They further said Tinku and absconding bookie Jupiter had taken a place on rent in Gurgoan reportedly for carrying out their betting activities.

Tinku earlier used to work for a bookie called “Mandi” in Delhi but later parted ways with him and started accepting bets from punters and assumed new moniker as “Tinku Mandi”.

Police said bookie Paresh Batia, who was earlier arrested by Goa police, will be brought in Mumbai on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, crime branch officials investigating Gurunath Meiyappan said on Saturday the Chennai Super Kings team principal has told them that none of his family members, including BCCI chief and his father-in-law N Srinivasan, was ever involved in betting.

Meiyappan, actor Vindoo Dara Singh and two others arrested in the IPL betting case are in police remand till June 3.

Sources also said they recorded the statement of Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Agarwal, alias ‘Victor’, for the second day on Saturday.

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