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Police custody of 3 betting accused extended

Giving the Mumbai crime branch more time to gather evidence in a T20 league betting case, the metropolitan magistrate court on Thursday extended the police custody of alleged bookmaker Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku Delhi and two others till June 10.

mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2013 01:01 IST
HT Correspondent

Giving the Mumbai crime branch more time to gather evidence in a T20 league betting case, the metropolitan magistrate court on Thursday extended the police custody of alleged bookmaker Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku Delhi and two others till June 10.

The crime branch had sought extension of police custody of five accused — Tinku, Kishore Badalani, Paresh Batia, Kishore Pabalani and Dinesh Sharma — on the ground that further investigation was necessary to collect more evidence and to trace the absconding accused.

Arguing for further custody, public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar contended: "Delhi police have applied MCOCA in the case related to spot-fixing and betting in the T20 cricket series. Hence, the Mumbai police want to investigate more about the role of these accused.” In the remand application, the crime branch stated the agency wanted to find out if other hawala operators were involved in the crime.

The advocates for the accused objected to the remand application stating that nothing has come out of the investigation, which is almost complete in the case. Hence, they pleaded for judicial custody of the accused, and sought bail.

The court observed: "Perusal of the case diary gives an idea of the offences that are likely to come to the fore at the conclusion of investigation. To hold otherwise at this stage would amount to denial of fair opportunity to the investigating agency to make a detailed probe into the matter.”

Magistrate AM Padwad thereafter remanded Tinku, Badalani and Batia to police custody till June 10, and sent Sharma and Pabalani to judicial custody.