Chennai Super Kings' owner Gurunath Meiyappan surrenders at Mumbai Crime Branch. (PTI)
A local Mumbai court is likely to hear today the bail applications filed by CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Randhawa arrested in the T20 League betting scandal, after they were sent in judicial custody till June 14.
Meiyappan and Vindoo filed bail pleas soon after the metropolitan magistrate remanded them in judicial custody. Urging the court on Monday to grant them bail, the duo's lawyers argued that their custodial interrogation was not required.
Meiyappan's lawyer Aabad Ponda argued that the CSK team honcho was not involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing.
"The one case is that of placing bets with Vindoo. Placing bets is a bailable offence. All the sections levelled against him are bailable except three - 420, 466 and 468 of the IPC. It is not the case that Meiyappan forged documents hence 466 and 468 are not applicable," he argued.
Relying on a Supreme Court judgment, Ponda contended the basic rule is that in a case which does not fetch life imprisonment, the accused should be granted bail. None of the sections under which Meiyappan has been charged with invite life sentence, he said.
"Meiyappan responded to the summons issued to him by the police. There is no question of him absconding. Tapping of my phones and all other evidence has been taken by the police even prior to Meiyappan's arrest," Ponda argued.
Advocate Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Vindoo, argued that the allegation against the arrested actor can be at the most only for contacting bookies but it cannot be said that he was part of the larger conspiracy.
Maneshinde further argued that the allegation that Vindoo had facilitated the escape of some bookies does not stand as those bookies were not named as wanted accused the day they left the city.
"There is no reasonable ground that he will abscond or tamper with evidence. The reason why this case was foisted on the accused has been met with yesterday," Maneshinde said referring to N Srinivasan stepping aside as BCCI chief pending inquiry.
The public prosecutor opposed the bail pleas and said investigation was not yet over and several bookies are still being arrested. "There is active participation of all the accused. If they are released they will hamper with evidence and threaten witness," the prosecutor argued.
Apart from Meiyappan and Vindoo's bail pleas, the court will also pass its order on the bail applications of eight other arrested bookies on Tuesday.
Meiyappan, the 35-year-old top honcho of T20 League team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was arrested on the night of May 25 for his alleged involvement in the T20 League betting scandal.
He was in the eye of a storm after actor and TV reality show winner Vindoo, arrested on May 22 for his alleged links with bookies, admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.