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Mumbai: Vijay Palande's arrest now leads to match fixing probe

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Apr 19, 2012 at 08:47am IST

Mumbai: The arrest of Vijay Palande in the Tikku murder case has helped the Mumbai Police crack two murder cases. The two cases include that of aspiring producer Karan Kakkar. The arrest of his 'wife' and small time actress Simran Sood, has also revealed the gang's modus operandi.

Police say Palande and Simran used to identify wealthy single men and then murder them for their properties. Simran's involvement has raised questions about links between Bollywood and the underworld.

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Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Mumbai's Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Himanshu Roy confirmed that Simran also tried to build contact with cricketers.

Following is the transcript of Rajdeep Sardesai's interview with Himanshu Roy:

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Rajdeep Sardesai: There is some talk that the police is investigating a possible match fixing, betting angle. Is there any truth to that. Was Simran being used possibly by betting and match fixing gangs?

Himanshu Roy: Well, she was associating herself with some cricketers, you are absolutely right about that. We are also aware that one of the victims was in the habit of cricket betting. Now, things going beyond this into actual match fixing is something the investigations will reveal in the days to come. But that is definitely an angle we are looking at and we are probing that and we will come to the bottom of it.

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Rajdeep Sardesai: Some reports also suggest the names of the prominent politicians coming up. Is there a sense that this could now spread much wider than what we have expected?

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Himanshu Roy: Sorry, Rajdeep, no politician as yet. But we are investigating, like I said, and we will turn up whatever it is, this entire episode. Whatever its angles, loose ends are, we will tie it more in the days to come.

Earlier, the police also said that Simran was Palande's wife. "It has now emerged that Simran Sood is not Vijay Palande's friend but his wife. Both married in year 1998 or 1999. After the marriage, Palande was involved in a crime and was behind the bars for a few years. After he was freed, he started using his wife to trap victims for money and property," said a crime branch official.

(With additional information from PTI)

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