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IPL: Mumbai Police seeks to quiz hotelier, lawyer says he's in custody

CNN-IBN
May 27, 2013 at 09:11pm IST

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police is likely to summon Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Aggarwal for questioning over alleged betting links, sources said on Monday even as his lawyer, Abudu Kumar, said that his client was already in the custody of the Tamil Nadu CB-CID.

"We presume that Vivek Aggarwal was picked up by CB-CID officers. He has not been remanded so far. He was picked up from his residence at 7:30am," Kumar told CNN-IBN. He added, "There were summons by the Tamil Nadu CBI-CID officers for May 30. The summons were issued for him to be a witness," said Kumar.

The CB-CID, however, denied this.

Aggarwal, who also reportedly goes by the name of Victor, is reportedly the franchisee owner of hotel Radisson Blu in Chennai.

Sources said that arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh had named Aggarwal as oone the bookies during questioning. Vindoo had reportedly told the police that a hotelier with Bollywood links was involved in betting in the Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police recovered a mobile phone belonging to Gurunath Meiyappan from his yacht on Monday. The police, however, is still looking three more phones belonging to the BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law. Police sources said Meiyappan used these phones to stay in touch with bookies.

Srinivasan continued to defy all calls for his resignation on Monday, saying he was being hounded by the media and would not step down at any cost. Srinivasan, who landed in Chennai from Kolkata on Monday, maintained there was no reason for him to resign.

CNN-IBN also accessed some documents which can nail Chennai Super Kings' lie that Gurunath Meiyappan had no substantial links to the team. Visiting cards recovered from Meiyappan's residence said that he was the Chennai Super Kings' Team Principal. On Sunday, Srinivasan had claimed his son-in-law was merely an enthusiast.

Police sources also said that other items found during the raid also linked Meiyappan with the IPL team. CNN-IBN also accessed a copy of an email sent by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to team owners three years ago that mentioned Meiyappan as CSK owner. The mail was sent in December 2011.

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