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Transaction details key to strong case: Experts

india Updated: May 30, 2013 02:01 IST
Rahul Mahajani
Rahul Mahajani
Hindustan Times
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Most experts feel that the Mumbai crime branch's case would be weak if there is no proof that money transaction has taken place between Chennai Super Kings boss Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh. However, others caution that all the evidence collected would be known only when the police file the charge-sheet in the betting case.

Former Maharashtra Director General of Police, PS Pasricha, said if there is no proof of transaction then it would be difficult to prove the case, though it is not http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/5/30_05_13-pg22b.jpgimpossible. "Even if they can prove that there was an attempt to cheat, there is an offence," he said, but added that the accused would then get away with a lighter punishment. He however said if the police have other evidence like communication, sting and diary entries, they would help their case in some way.

Former IPS officer turned lawyer YP Singh said there are a lot of grey areas and the case will not be very strong if the police do not have a record of transactions. "Such cases are likely to fail in court even if the money trail is proved," he said. Singh said it appeared the case was more of a competition between the Mumbai and Delhi police and it was doubtful if the police would have much success.

However, advocate Majeed Memon said it was too early to say much on the issue of transaction as the investigating agency was in the process of collecting evidence and only the charge-sheet would reveal what they have really got. Betting was not a very serious issue but spot fixing was and a new law was required to tackle that, he said.