Bookie Ashwin Agarwal gets judicial custody, two others bail

Bookie Ashwin Agarwal gets judicial custody, two others bail

A local court today remanded main bookie Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku Delhi in judicial custody till June 24 in connection with the IPL betting case.

The local magistrate's court also granted bail to two other bookies Kishore Badlani and Paresh Batia.

"The court has granted bail to Kishore Badlani and Paresh Batia on the bond of Rs 25,000 each on conditions that are similar to other accused granted bail earlier," said public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar.

Tarun Sharma, the lawyer of Tinku, who also goes by the alias of Tinku Mandi, said that he would argue on his client's bail application tomorrow.

With the court granting bail to Batia and Badlani, the number of accused given the relief so far has reached 14 with the exception of Tinku.

Mumbai Crime Branch had arrested 15 bookies in the betting case.

It can be recalled that 12 accused, including Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh and CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, were released on conditional bail on June 3.
They were told to report to the crime branch office every alternate day.

Earlier in the day, Tinku, Batia and Badlani were produced before the court and the crime branch sought their custody.

The crime branch told the court that they wanted to find out about the absconding accused including bookies Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur, Jupiter to name a few.

Bendbar told the court that Tinku's brother Sandeep had handed over certain documents detailing some betting transactions with the absconding accused to crime branch.

Defense lawyers countered this saying the custodial interrogation of the accused was not necessary.

The police failed to satisfy the court and place on record evidence to justify its decision to slap charges under MCOCA for being involved in organised crime syndicate operated by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

"I have to examine the evidence and then only, I will be able to decide the matter and whether these people have nexus with underworld people sitting outside," the judge said.

The remarks by the judge came when the police said it would not be in a position to place before it the documents and evidence before June 18 as the probe was in an initial stage.
"It will be misuse of provisions of MCOCA, so you will have to give relevant documents. If you have booked them under MCOCA, it means you must be having proper sanction and sufficient evidence against each of them," the court said.

During the late evening hearing, Additional Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan said Dawood, Shakeel, Javed Churani and Salman were in constant touch with the bookies including Ramesh Vyas.

When the court wanted evidence for slapping MCOCA, the prosecutor said investigators have the transcripts of the intercepted conversations between Dawood and Vyas, which were read out in the court.

The transcripts referred to a conversation about a deal in which Rs 10 million and 9 million were mentioned which was finally settled at Rs 7 million, the police said but added the purpose of the deal was not clear.

To this, the court asked the police to clarify. "Do you have direct evidence that Sreesanth and any of the players were in direct touch with Dawood"?

The prosecutor replied in the negative but said they have got the transcripts of conversations in which Sreesanth's friend Jiju Janardan, a bookie, was in touch with Vyas.

"We have conversations of Dawood Ibrahim with bookies and bookies used to fix the players, in which Sreesanth was found talking to one bookie Jiju Janardhan about the amount he will accept for favouring them," the prosecutor said.

The court, while granting bail to the 19 accused, said it is prima facie not satisfied with the allegation that offences punishable under sections 120-B(criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC are made out against the accused at this stage.

It also said it is also not satisfied that "culpability and mens rea (motive)" is made out against the accused.

The judge also said the accused persons are not "habitual offenders" and have clean antecedents and they are not likely to flee from justice.

The court directed the accused to submit their passports before it and asked them not go out of India without its prior permission.

On June 7, Delhi police had sought issuance of open non-bailable warrants for Dawood and Shakeel in connection with the case saying the racket was being run on their command.

In its application, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had said the main bookies and fixers were in touch with Dawood and Shakeel.

Apart from the two cricketers, the court granted bail to bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Amit Gupta, Ajay Goyal, Sunil Saxena, Bhupender Nagar, Chandresh Patel, Dipit Garg, Kiran Dole, Manan Bhat, Mohd Yahiya, Nitin Jain, Jiju Janardhan, Ramakant Aggarwal and Syed Durry Ahmed.

The others who have been granted bail are Vikas Choudhary, a bouncer, businessman Vinod Sharma, and one Manish.

Counsel for the accused sought bail claiming their clients were falsely implicated in the case and the charge of MCOCA has been wrongly invoked against them.

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