A big-time bookie Shobhan Mehta, arrested in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 betting controversy, was on Saturday remanded in city police custody as investigators want to probe his alleged role in spot-fixing and links in Pakistan.

Mehta was produced before a Magistrate in Esplanade Court, which sent him in police remand for six days. Police told the court that Mehta was involved in placing large scale bets in the 2013 IPL season in the name of "Arjun" through arrested bookie Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku Delhi reports PTI.

Ashwin had been earlier arrested by Delhi Police in IPL spot-fixing controversy. Later, Mumbai Crime Branch, probing the IPL betting case, took his custody.

Since he was in touch with Ashwin, Mehta may be involved in spot-fixing also, police said, adding "We want to probe and uncover his suspected role in spot-fixing."

Police stated Mehta was arrested in 2005 in a betting case and he had links in Pakistan. "We would like to probe if he was in touch with Pakistan associates this time also."

With this, the number of accused in the betting case has gone up to 17. These included Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, and bookies Ramesh Vyas, Ashok Vyas, Pandurang Kadam. Meiyappan and Vindoo are out on bail.