HC stays look-out notice, asks bookies to attend crime branch

Wanted in the IPL spot-fixing racket, alleged Dubai-based bookies Sanjay alias Sanjay Jaipur and Sandeep Chabbra Friday moved the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

Asking them to present themselves before the Mumbai police crime branch on July 25, the court stayed the look-out notice issued against them by the investigating agency.

In their remand application seeking custody of Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh, released on bail, the investigators had claimed that Vindoo used to place these bets with wanted accused bookies Jupiter, Pawan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur.

The wanted accused Sanjay Jaipur had, through accused Ramesh Vyas, connected two telephone lines to contact cricket bookies in Pakistan, the remand application states.

Seeking a stay on the look-out notice, their lawyer Samir Vaidya said his clients were willing to come before the investigating agency but they feared arrest owing to the look-out notice against them.

The brothers, who hail from Jaipur are jewellers and have businesses in Jaipur and Dubai. Vaidya said that they hold citizen IDs in Dubai and live there with their family.

They had filed anticipatory bail applications in the case contending that no offence under Section 466 of the IPC or Section 66 A of the IT Act is listed against them.

Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Gambling Act under which they have been charged are bailable and their arrest is not necessary, Vaidya argued.

The prosecution claimed to have four telephone intercepts showing the involvement of the Chhabra brothers in the betting racket.

Vaidya, however, said that telephone intercepts and statement given by Vindoo Dara Singh are not sufficient to book them for the alleged offence.

Justice Sadhana Jadhav has adjourned the case till July 26, a day after the duo has been directed to be at the Crime Branch headquarters in Crawford

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