Thursday, June 20, 2013

IPL Spot Fixing Scam: Vindu got umpire Rauf gifts through bookies

These conversations tapped separately in April are the clearest evidence yet that Rauf, who fled India after his name cropped up in the IPL betting-fixing racket, was in cahoots with the bookies and solicited gifts.

The transcript of the conversation tapped through three mobiles of Vindu Dara Singh, arrested for his role in the spotfixing scandal, were shared with TOI by police sources. The source said in another conversation around the same time, Rauf is heard insisting that Pawan send the bill for the gold chain; else Rauf would have problems with the customs.

The bills for this package as well as two other parcels sent later with gifts for Rauf are with the Mumbai crime branch. In May, the crime branch seized the two parcels containing branded shoes, clothes and other personal effects sent by bookie Taneja to Rauf from Delhi airport’s cargo section. The umpire, sensing trouble, had fled barely a day before Vindu’s arrest on May 22 without collecting them.

Vindu is also accused of helping bookie-siblings Pawan and Sanjay Chabra alias Pawan and Sanjay Jaipur flee Mumbai as the heat mounted. The crime branch on Wednesday had prepared to strongly oppose the duo’s anticipatory bail applications, but the court adjourned the matter to July 3.

Asad Rauf (tainted Pakistani umpire who officiated in IPL-6): “Do you know my birthday is coming up?’’

Vindu Dara Singh (film and TV actor): “Asadbhai, you don’t worry, we will take care of it. I will convey the message to Pawanbhai.”

Pawan Jaipur (bookie) to Vindu: “I am sending a watch worth Rs 6 lakh and a gold chain for Asad through Prem Taneja (another bookie) in Delhi. Please ask Asad to collect it from Delhi.”

Lookout notice against bookie bros remains
Mumbai: Senior lawyer Adhik Shirodkar, who appeared for the Chabra aka Jaipur brothers—they own a big jewellery showroom in Jaipur, Motison Jewellers— at their anticiatory bail hearing, pleaded that the police be at least directed to withdraw the lookout notices issued against the duo so that they could return to the country. The court refused, saying there was no hurry and a decision would be taken after the court has gone through the evidence.

Opposing the bail, the crime branch said since Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was not available for interrogation, they needed to grill the brothers, who have given the umpire expensive gifts, to uncover their role in the cricket scandal.

“These two bookies were in touch with Rauf and had even paid his shopping bills in the country. They also reportedly own a benami stake in the Sri Lanka Premier League,’’ said an officer.

Police said the Chabras fled to Dubai immediately after Vindu alerted them about Mumbai police raiding super bookie Ramesh Vyas’s betting den at Kalbadevi.


  • Delhi police arrest cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila on May 16 from Mumbai
  • Police said they took money from bookies for spot fixing
  • 11 bookies also held
  • Mumbai crime branch arrest Vindu Dara Singh on May 22. They also arrest Gurunath Meiyappan, the principal of Chennai Super Kings, on May 25 for allegedly passing team info to bookies through Vindu
  • Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf quietly flees India a day before Vindu’s arrest. His name cropped up in Vindu’s interrogation. ICC drops him from Champions Trophy
  • Two key bookies from Jaipur, Pawan and Sanjay Chabra, flee India, apparently aided by Vindu
  • The scandal forces N Sreenivasan, the father-in-law of Meiyappan, to step aside as BCCI chief on June 2
  • Sreesanth and Chavan as well as Vindu and Meiyappan are out on bail. Ajit Chandila is still in custody

S Ahmed Ali TNN

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