Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was handed a SIM card by absconding bookie Pawan Jaipur which actor Vindoo Dara Singh asked him to destroy before the official fled the country, Mumbai Crime branch officials told a court on Tuesday.
The role of Rauf, an International Cricket Council elite panel umpire, in the spot fixing scandal is under investigation. The umpire left in a haste after his name cropped up during interrogations, leaving behind gifts received from bookies at the Delhi airport's cargo section. The ICC dropped him from the Champions Trophy once the allegations came up against him.
Crime Branch officials said Rauf used the SIM card to keep in touch with bookies and wanted further custody of Vindoo Dara Singh to further probe his links with other teams, players and bookies. The alleged hawala operator, Alpesh Patel, and a middleman, Prem Taneja, were also produced before the court.
The crime branch official told the court that Sanjay Jaipur had purchased two bags of gifts and handed it to Vindoo, who had asked Taneja to give them to Rauf. Patel, crime branch officials said, used to circulate the money using hawala channels for bookies. Each bookie had a code name and all transactions were recorded under that name.
The crime branch official also said they are yet to decode the financial transaction and trace the money trail and also wanted to bring Vindoo face-to-face again with CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan to connect some links.
Defence lawyers opposed the remand application but the court extended custody of the trio till May 31. As they were being taken back, Vindoo told reporters, "I'm innocent, I'm being harassed." His wife Dina Umarova alleged Vindoo was being victimised.