Live: IPL betting syndicate busted in Goa; six bookies held

Last Updated: Mon, May 27, 2013 14:36 hrs

8. 10 pm

IPL fixing: Mumbai police to issue summons to Chennai hotelier

 A Chennai hotelier, who allegedly led the IPL betting syndicate in the southern city and was a crucial link between CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Randhawa, will be issued summons to appear before the Mumbai crime branch probing the racket, police said.

"Vikram Agarwal, a hotelier, who was handling Chennai operations of the betting syndicate, and a crucial link between Meiyappan and Vindoo, will be issued summons asking him to appear before us," Joint Commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

Roy claimed, Agarwal, owner of Radisson Blu hotel, was also a "key link" between the betting syndicate and Bollywood celebrities. He, however, did not divulge the names of tinsel town personalities who were in touch with Agarwal.

5.30 pm:

Rediff: The Mumbai police have recovered Gurunath Meiyappan's missing mobile phone from his yacht moored at Marina Bay, Chennai. However, three more mobile phones are missing. The phone was found after the police raided Gurunath's super luxury 70-ft yacht. The police believe they now have key evidence against Gurunath, who was arrested on Friday night. So far three cell phones have been recovered. The police also have Gurunath's diary which has details of the cricketers.

4.30 pm:

IPL betting syndicate busted in Goa; six bookies held

The Goa police has busted an alleged IPL betting syndicate here and arrested six bookies in this regard early today.

"The six bookies were operating for last 45 days in Goa and accepting bets," a police official said.

The bookies were picked up from a rented room at Candolim, about nine kms away from here, police said, adding that they were being interrogated.

4.15 pm:

Congress claims successful bandh in MP to protest Naxal attack

The day-long Madhya Pradesh bandh call given by the Congress to protest Saturday's Naxal attack on its leaders in Chhattisgarh was a success, the party said.

"Barring few incidents of police action against the Congress workers, the bandh was successful throughout the state," state Congress media department chairman Manak Agrawal said.

The bandh was from morning to 2 in the afternoon.

Reports from Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Rewa, Ujjain, Dhar, Guna and Bhopal regions said that people on their own supported the bandh, Agrawal said, adding that essential services had been left out.

In the state capital Bhopal, minor clashes took place between police and Congress workers in MP Nagar area and some workers were injured, he said.

3.30 pm:

Flood alert issued in Baramullah in JK

Authorities in north Kashmir's Baramulla district today sounded a flood alert after water levels rose considerably in the Jhelum river following heavy rains.

The district administration also announced closure of all schools for today.

"We have sounded a flood alert in the district following heavy rains. We have also closed all schools for today," District Development Commissioner, Baramullah Ghulam Ahmad Khawja told PTI.

He said the district administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality in the wake of floods.

3.00 pm:

NDTV: Board of Control for Cricket in India's three-member disciplinary committee will comprise of Ajay Shirke, former cricketer Ravi Shastri and a retired High Court judge. The independent committee will investigate Gurunath Meiyappan's alleged role in betting during the Indian Premier League.

2.30 pm:

Iran offers oil fields at lucrative terms to India

Rattled by India sharply cutting down purchase of its oil, Iran today offered oil fields on lucrative terms and routing gas pipeline through sea to avoid Pakistan, provided New Delhi raised oil imports.

Iran mounted a high-level delegation led by its Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi to impress upon New Delhi to raise oil purchases, which were cut to 13.3 million tons in 2012-13 from 18 million tons in the previous year.

2.00 pm:

No proposal to deploy Army in Naxal-hit states: A K Antony

There is no proposal to deploy Army in the Maoist-hit states, defence minister A K Antony said on Monday.

The Centre has rushed 2,000 additional paramilitary force personnel to Chhattisgarh in the wake of the Naxal attack on Congress leaders that claimed 27 lives, including that of PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel.

The decision was taken following a request from the Chhattisgarh government which sought more forces to provide security to political leaders as well as to engage in anti-Naxal operations, official sources said on Monday, adding that the units will be in the state in a day or two.

1.30 pm:

Centre sends 2,000 paramilitary personnel to Chhattisgarh

Centre has rushed 2,000 additional paramilitary force personnel to Chhattisgarh in the wake of the Naxal attack on Congress leaders that claimed 27 lives, including that of PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel.

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12.30  pm:

Nand Kumar Patel, the Chhattisgarh Congress chief, who was found dead on Sunday morning, is being cremated.

12.20 pm:

84 year old Congress leader VC Shukla is stable after undergoing surgery. He is currently undergoing dialysis in the ICU. 

12.08 pm:

Apple iOS 7 presumed to be 'black, white and flat all over'

Apple's decision of redesigning its latest iOS 7 is speculated to present a 'black, white and flat' look all over.

Jonathan Ive who became in charge of the look and feel of the Apple hardware and software last year, is reportedly not fond of skeuomorphic heavy designs, which currently dominate the iOS.

11.38 am:

Visiting cards found at Meiyappan's home reveal role in Chennai IPL team

NDTV: Visiting cards allegedly found during searches at the Chennai home of Gurunath Meiyappan describe him as the team principal of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings or CSK. But India Cements, which owns the team, has said he is just an honorary member. And the man who heads India's cricket board, N Srinivasan, says Mr Meiyappan was merely an "enthusiastic" supporter who traveled with the team. 

11.00 am:

Meiyappan leaked 2 players sitting out: Cops

Indian Express: Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan has confessed that he revealed to betting accused Vindoo Dara Singh that two good players of the IPL team would not be playing in a particular match, Mumbai Police sources said. However, Meiyappan claims not to remember which match that was.

The police have now zeroed in on some matches of CSK in IPL Season 6, and are interrogating both Meiyappan and Vindoo to find out if inside information was leaked out at the time of these matches.

Meiyappan, remanded in custody till May 29, was Sunday suspended by the BCCI from involvement in cricket and CSK, pending inquiry.

10.57 am: 

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Beijing, China on Monday morning, marking the beginning of his four-day state visit to China.

Rajapaksa is here on an invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping, reported Xinhua.

10.40 am:

Gurunath, Vindoo name a Chennai hotelier

Zeenews: In a new twist to the spot-fixing saga, the arrested duo of Gurunath Meiyappan, BCCI chief N Srinivasan`s son-in-law and small time actor Vindoo Dara Singh have named a Chennai hotelier in connection with the betting and spot-fixing scandal that has rocked Indian cricket.

It was learnt that both have suggested that the hotelier knows a lot of Bollywood celebrities and worked as a link between them and the bookies.

Earlier on Sunday, Mumbai police had `confronted` CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan with actor Vindoo Dara Singh during questioning about IPL spot-fixing and betting.

Police had also collected Gurunath`s voice sample for verification of telephonic conversations he had allegedly had with Vindoo, recorded by investigators.

10.00 am:

Slain Chhattisgarh Congress chief's son seeks CBI probe

Umesh Patel, the son of Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel who was killed in yesterday's Naxal attack, has sought CBI probe into the incident suspecting political conspiracy behind the tragedy. 

Naxals ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district on Saturday, killing 27 people including Patel, his elder son Dinesh Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, and injuring former Union Minister Vidyacharan Shukla and 36 others. 

9.30 am:

19 killed as bus falls into canal, 23 injured

 At least 19 people were killed and 23 others got injured when a roadways bus in which they were travelling fell in to the Hazara canal here in Pilua area, police said today.

The incident occurred late last night when driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and it fell into the canal, they said.

9.15 am:

Why did you do it, young fan asks Sreesanth in court

"Dear Tushaar, Please do pray for me!" - This was the short message hastily scribbled by S Sreesanth for a 12-year-old fan who had come to the court today in the hope of meeting the Indian pacer accused in IPL spot-fixing scandal.

8.35 am:

Vindoo Dara Singh lured me to betting, Gurunath Meiyappan reportedly tells cops

Mumbai police on Sunday 'confronted' CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan with actor Vindoo Dara Singh during questioning about IPL betting rackets.

According to Crime branch sources, Gurunath told the investigators that it was Vindoo who introduced him to betting.

8.05 am:

Obama visits tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

US President Barack Obama Sunday called on Americans to help rebuild the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City area during a visit to places hit by a deadly twister last week.

The president caught a glimpse of the damage from the air before Air Force One landed in Oklahoma Sunday, Xinhua reported.

7.30 am:

Srinivasan booed by Eden Gardens crowd

Under fire BCCI president N Srinivasan tonight was booed by a capacity Eden Gardens crowd as his name was announced during the post-match presentation ceremony.

The moment Ravi Shastri announced the name of the controversial BCCI president, there was a loud jeer from the 61,000 odd crowd present at the stadium which reminded a lot of how former IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi was booed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

Clad in navy blue suit and with a sky blue shirt, Srinivasan wore a gloomy look during the presentation ceremony and was not certainly amused when there was collective booing as soon as Shastri announced his name.

The second time when his name was announced to present the winners' trophy, there was a deathly silence followed by another round of jeers with most of the spectators leaving for home.

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