Police files: Bets and pieces

IPL Spot FixingThe Indian Express digs into the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police last week (IE Photo)

There's been no dearth of drama already on the fringes of the biggest scandal to hit the IPL. The Indian Express digs into the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police last week and discover the bookies affliction for vada pavs, the Pakistani interest and stories behind the SIMs.

Not so Shudh Dara

When Vindoo Dara Singh met bookie Anand Saxena at a party in 1993, he was still a struggling actor. A year later he would make his on-screen debut in a movie called Karan. What brought Saxena and Vindoo together though was his penchant to dabble in betting on horse-races, cricket matches.

And for the next decade, according to Saxena's statement in the chargesheet, he would place bets on cricket matches through the Delhi-based bookie. Saxena though claims to have brought his 16-year bookie career to a close in the early 2000s following the fixing scandal.Saxena made Bollywood contacts through his client and even produced a few tele-serials, which Vindoo acted in.

Then in 2003 Saxena met bookie Prem Taneja during a party in Delhi. Soon after, he introduced him to Vindoo. He also got the actor in touch with other noted bookies like Pawan and Sanjay Jaipur, Sundar and Surendra Kalra or Mandi. Saxena also said that he was aware that Vindoo had begun indulging in betting with the Jaipur brothers and also with his old Mumbai contacts, Shobhan Mehta and Devendra Kothari.

Meiyappan's sense of timing

There's a pattern in which Gurunath Meiyappan relayed information to the bookies during the matches. The team principal of Chennai Super Kings, also the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, waited either till the end of an innings or the match, depending on the nature of the bets, before passing on the information to the bookies.

For instance, on May 12 during the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, Meiyappan who sat near the team dug-out - called Vindoo Dara Singh at 20:58 and informed him that his side would score 130-140 runs. Curiously, CSK ended up scoring 141. The police say this information is useful to the bookies for 'session betting'. Meiyappan later informed Vindoo that Royals will win the match, which they did by five wickets. On another occasion, Meiyappan informed Vindoo on May 13 at 22:54 that Mumbai Indians will lose against Sun Risers.

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