Bookie now sent to 5-day police custody

A bookie in the IPL spot-fixing case was on Monday remanded to fresh police custody for five days by a Delhi court after police said it has invoked MCOCA against him and were entitled to seek his further custody.

“The matter is being investigated under the provision of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Accused (Ashwani Aggarwal) is remanded in five days police custody,” said additional sessions judge Raj Rani Mitra.

The court directed the special cell of Delhi Police to produce Ashwani alias Tinku Mandi before it on June 29.

The court also deferred its hearing to Tuesday the bail applications of suspended Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, bookies Ramesh Vyas and Deepak Kumar, and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.

Hearing on bail plea

The court fixed hearing on bail application of Ashwani and bookie Sunil Bhatia on June 29 after their counsel requested it to keep it on that day as Ashwani will also be produced.

Besides, the court had issued production warrant for bookie Baburao Yadav for Tuesday.

During the proceedings, Ashwani refuted the allegations of the special cell that he had links with the underworld. Seeking a fresh 10-day custody of Ashwani, senior public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said MCOCA was invoked in the case on June 3, and police need his custody to interrogate him.

Police said Ashwani was in constant touch with Javed Chutani, a close associate of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

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