IPL fixing: Mumbai police to issue summons to Chennai hotelier

Mumbai: A Chennai hotelier, who allegedly led the IPL betting syndicate in the southern city and was a crucial link between CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Randhawa, will be issued summons to appear before the Mumbai crime branch probing the racket, police said.

"Vikram Agarwal, a hotelier, who was handling Chennai operations of the betting syndicate, and a crucial link between Meiyappan and Vindoo, will be issued summons asking him to appear before us," Joint Commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

Roy claimed, Agarwal, owner of Radisson Blu hotel, was also a "key link" between the betting syndicate and Bollywood celebrities. He, however, did not divulge the names of tinsel town personalities who were in touch with Agarwal.

The crime branch chief said a team from Mumbai today searched Meiyappan`s yacht at Marina in Chennai and seized a mobile phone which figured during the investigations that led to the CSK honcho`s arrest. Two mobile phones and a diary were seized yesterday during the search of Meiyappan`s Chennai residence.

According to Roy, Agarwal knew Meiyappan for the last 15 years and received important insider information about players from CSK and other IPL teams from him.

The diary seized from Meiyappan`s residence, he said, contained the names of several players belonging to Chennai Super Kings and other IPL teams and the crime branch was planning to quiz him about the context in which the entries were made.