IPL scandal: Bookie Ramesh Vyas sent to Delhi Police custody

IPL scandal: Bookie Ramesh Vyas sent  to Delhi Police custody

A Delhi court on Saturday remanded an arrested bookie, Ramesh Vyas, to the custody of Delhi Police for 10 days, as he will be questioned in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case.

Last month, Mumbai Police had busted an IPL betting racket by arresting Vyas, who they believe is a conduit between bookies based in India, Pakistan and Dubai.

Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal remanded Vyas in the custody of Delhi Police’s Special Cell until June 18. Investigators want to ascertain his role in the spot-fixing case and question him on the extent of the betting and fixing racket.

Vyas is linked to another arrested bookie, Ashwani Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi, who was arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly spot-fixing in the IPL. Vyas allegedly handled the operations of bookies in southern India. While Aggarwal handled the bookie operations of the north. They both have underworld connections, according to Delhi Police.

Investigators claim the spot-fixing racket was being run by a crime syndicate - consisting of a network of hawala operators and bookies - headed by a fugitive underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim and his aide, Chota Shakeel.

Police are also looking for more members of the betting syndicate, including Vyas’s
associate, Firoz, who is at large.

Vyas was not released, despite being granted bail. He had moved a Mumbai court, seeking his immediate release. He could still not be released, because a Delhi court had issued a production warrant against him on the request of Delhi Police.

Delhi Police have arrested a total of 26 accused, including three IPL cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for allegedly spot-fixing. The rest of the accused are bookies and former cricketers.

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