The Mumbai police crime branch on Monday zeroed in on Chennai hotelier Vikram Agarwal in the domestic T20 league betting scam, naming him as the handler of the racket in the Tamil Nadu capital.
What's more, the police identified Agarwal — code named Victor — as the "crucial link" between BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh and prepared to summon him for questioning.
The police have already arrested Meiyappan and Vindoo, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh.
Agarwal's lawyer Abudu Kumar Rajaratnam said the Tamil Nadu crime branch-criminal investigation department (CB-CID) had picked up his client from his house in Chennai around 7.30am.
"Since then, there has been no information on where he is."
The CB-CID officials probing the case, however, denied detaining or arresting Agarwal, who runs a franchisee operation for an international hotel chain.
In Mumbai, joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, "Vikram Agarwal, a hotelier, who was handling Chennai operations of the betting syndicate, and is a crucial link between Meiyappan and Vindoo, will be issued summons asking him to appear before us."
Roy said Agarwal was also a "key link" between the betting syndicate and Bollywood celebrities. He did not divulge the names of film celebrities in touch with Agarwal.
According to police sources, Agarwal used SIMs brought in his wife's name to keep in touch with bookies and knew Meiyappan well since the last 15 years.
Rajaratnam dismissed the police theories about his client.
With inputs from Agencies