Mumbai, May 23: While BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is the latest to have come under scrutiny in the IPL spot-fixing controversy, Mumbai Crime Branch sources say, small-time actor Vindoo Dara Singh has admitted that he supplied girls to bookies in order to extract info about placing safe bets.
Police is trying to find out whether the models supplied by Vindoo Dara Singh reached Sreesanth and the other players or not.
Crime Branch sleuths questioned two models for nearly the whole night yesterday, and have also asked two other models to be available for questioning.
Police said, Vindoo was not merely a link between the players and the bookies, but was executing a game plan to entrap players and extract info from bookies.
Police found names and telephone numbers of several models, women and escorts from Vindoo's laptop and diary.
Senior inspector Gopale, Fulpagare and their teams have questioned four models during the last 48 hours. Two of these models have appeals in print and audio-visual ads.
Several of these models met bookies Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur, Anand and Ramesh, police said. Police is trying to ascertain why Vindoo sent these models to the bookies.
Vindoo told crime branch, he did not know Sreesanth nor talked to him ever on phone, but police is taking his statement with a pinch of salt.
Police is also trying to ascertain whether two Bollywood actors, a production house owner and some cricketers, whose call details were found from Vindoo's cellphone, used to play a role in providing models for the bookies.
Sources said the girls, who were models, were used by him to keep the bookies happy and get tip-offs about match-fixing.
“Vindoo was using five cellphones and we suspent he had called Gurunath Meiyappan from other numbers as well", said a police source.
Cops revealed that Vindu operated under the alias ‘Jack' in betting circles. He would draw trusty tips from bookies and players, and then invest the money of film stars in betting for which he used to get a commission. P
Police have also found some evidence of Vindu being in touch with Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila - who has been arrested by Delhi police - and may seek his custody as well.
Crime Branch officers yesterday conducted a raid at Vindoo's Juhu residence, during which they found three phones owned by bookie Pawan Jaipur, an iPad and a laptop.
Cops said Vindoo had been in contact with Pawan for the last seven years. “Vindoo helped bookies Pawan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur escape. On May 15, they were taken to Mumbai airport in the actor's car and they managed to flee to Dubai,” said a source from Mumbai Crime Branch.