Arrested IPL players' custody ends today

Last Updated: Tue, May 28, 2013 06:48 hrs

New Delhi: The custody of the three arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan- will end on Tuesday in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

According to reports, the Delhi Police is likely to seek an extension as new revelations are surfacing through investigations.

A Delhi Court is also scheduled to hear the bail pleas of Chavan and Sreesanth.

Chavan has reportedly sought bail on the ground that his wedding is scheduled on June 2 and Sreesanth has lodged a bail plea against the police's request seeking an extension in his custody.

Meanwhile in Mumbai, the police custody of actor Vindoo Dara Singh and two others-hawala operator Alpesh Taneja and a bookie, Prem Taneja, will be also be ending on Tuesday.

The police is likely to seek to extend their custody as well.

Earlier on Monday, police has recovered a mobile phone from a yacht belonging to BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested last week in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The phone, which was found during a search of the plush, 70-foot yacht berthed at the Chennai Marina, could provide vital clues to the cops in their probe.

Earlier, a day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan said his son-in-law was not officially linked to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team, police recovered from Meiyappan's residence visiting cards that bear the latter's name as the Team Principal.

The cards were found during a police raid in Meiyappan's residence in Chennai.

The murky IPL spot-fixing scandal reached at the doorstep of India's cricket board chief and the team owner on Friday night with the Mumbai Police arresting Gurunath Meiyappan for his alleged involvement in the illegal betting after he was summoned for quizzing.

On Monday, Goa police had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the illegal betting carried out by six bookies who were placed under arrest by Calangute police on Sunday night.

The Mumbai men - Paresh Asarpota, Ketan Chawda, Ritesh Patel, Amit Papat, Sandip Asarpota and Nikunj Lalan were picked up while accepting bets on the final match against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, on phones.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Dr O P Mishra told a press briefing that the accused were accepting bets from a number of people on all the IPL matches, whose contact numbers have been found in a register.

Electronic gadgets like 46 mobile phones, four laptops, LCD TV, iPad, set top box, cash and others articles were recovered during the raid.

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing in the ongoing tournament.

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