RR Patil orders re-investigation into IPL fixing scandal
Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil on Tuesday ordered a re-investigation into the Indian Premier League fixing scandal following startling revelations made by Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh on Zee Media Corp.
Patil also said that Vindu should also be interrogated in the matter again.
Earlier, in a sensational expose, Vindu, who was also named in the IPL match-fixing scandal of 2013, made surprising revelations in the case and alleged that some high and mighty from the arena of Indian sports and politics were involved in instances of betting and match-fixing.
Talking exclusively to a Zee Media Corp reporter, Vindu revealed that the entire IPL match-fixing fiasco was actually a tussle between Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BCCI president N Srinivasan.
Here are a few excerpts from Vindu Dara Singh`s conversation with a Zee Media Corp reporter.
Vindu has claimed that the real tug of war was between former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and Srinivasan—and Pawar was backing Modi. Naming several others, Vindu claims that he was just a small fry in the melee.
Vindu: This entire case is actually a tussle between Modi and Srinivasan. We have nothing to do with it. We did nothing....but were still dragged into it.
Vindu further alleges that Lalit Modi was looking to even scores with Srinivasan. And the match-fixing episode involved some biggies.
Vindu: Lalit Modi just needed a chance to get Srinivasan out.
Vindu claims that for a minor offence (like betting, which attracts a small fine) he was kept behind bars—just because he was the medium to catch bigger fish like Srinivasan.
Reporter: Did they trouble you a lot during interrogation?
Vindu: Not much, they (cops) said, `We know you haven`t done anything, but there`s pressure from Sharad Pawar sahab and until Srinivasan isn`t nabbed you will have to stay. You will have to stay here for 10-15 days or a month`.
Vindu: (Sharad) Pawar sahab did all this. We`re nothing in his comparison...we`re ants. We just have to stay quiet.
Reporter: I`m still confused...Lalit Modi had to trap Srinivasan...but why through you?
Vindu: Gurunath is Srinivasan`s son-in-law. If anything is proved against Guru then....
Vindu claims that Gurunath Meiyappan lost a huge bet he had placed and then asserts that the entire IPL is a fixed affair.
Reporter: As a common man I want to know—is this all fixed?
Vindu: It is 100 per cent fixed.
Vindu has made sensation claims against liquor baron Vijay Mallya too, claiming that he of all the IPL team owners is the only one aware and actively involved in betting.
Reporter: Do the team owners know all this?
Vindu: Barring Vijay Mallya nobody knows anything. Mallya is himself involved in betting, he earns 100-200 crores in IPL.
Vindu also claimed to know of actors from the film industry who place bets, but none fixed matches according to him.
Vindu: The entire Bollywood places bets, but they are not involved in match fixing.
Vindu says that the money that players can earn from fixing is too big an allure for them.
Reporter: How did the players get ready (to fix)?
Vindu: These people can easily pay player 14-15 crores rupees, which they can`t get by playing for India. There they get a lakh or Rs 25,000 per match; they`ve never seen 14-15 crores rupees. They know crowd needs to come (to watch the games) and the entire world should tune into our matches.