Metropolitan Magistrate MN Saleem of the Esplanade court, in the bail order of Gurunath Meiyappan and Virendra Randhawa alias Vindoo Dara Singh, took a dig at the 'weak case' of the Mumbai police crime branch, observing the agency had failed to gather evidence for the charges of cheating and forgery against the duo and gave no links of the case with spot or match fixing in the T20 betting scandal.
The magistrate court on Tuesday granted bail to Meiyappan and Vindoo, along with Ramesh Vyas, Padurang Kadam, Ashok Vyas, Niraj Shah, Aplesh Patel and Prem Taneja (bookies and hawala operator). The reasoned order which runs into 11 pages states that the police have failed to gather evidence in the case even after they were given 'ample of opportunity'.
In the order, the magistrate has said that most of the charges under which the accused were booked are bailable except for the charges of cheating and forgery. However, the prosecution has failed to provide evidence to show that the accused had cheated people by forgery, the order states.
“The prosecution has availed ample of opportunities to interrogate and collect the material but it is not in position to point out who was cheated by virtue of forged documents by any of the accused. Further grounds are not sufficient to believe the forgery in the sense of making of false documents or entries in any official register or official documents to commit fraud,” court observed.
Moreover, while commenting on the charges of Meiyappan the magistrate observed, “The prosecution has accepted that Meiyappan was not involved in match fixing or spot fixing and knew no one other then Vindoo through whom he allegedly placed bets. The prosecution has no where claimed that he has any connection with any cricketer or any player.” The court hence said the charges for which he is booked are bailable.
The court order also comments that the prosecution has failed to give further links towards involvement of umpire Asad Rauf. “The prosecution has alleged that the accused had sent gifts to the umpire which included T-shirts and shoes, not any other valuable articles. But further link about match fixing with the help of said umpire is totally missing,” the court order states.