A SIM card given to Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf by a wanted bookie was destroyed at the instance of Vindu Randhawa before the actor's arrest in the IPL betting scam, Mumbai crime branch today told a court which extended his police remand till May 31.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate AM Padwad also extended the crime branch custody of Alpesh Patel, a hawala operator, and Prem Taneja, a conduit for the bookies, under arrest in the same case, till the end of this month.
Seeking further custody of Vindu, who has emerged as a key figure in the IPL betting racket, prosecutor Kiran Bendbar said the SIM card was given by absconding bookmaker Sanjay Jaipur to controversial Pakistani umpire Rauf whom the actor asked to destroy it before being arrested.
The investigators intended to probe deeper into the nexus between Vindu and Rauf, who has been in the limelight for wrong reasons in the past, and Sanjay Jaipur, whom the reality TV show Bigg Boss season 3 winner had helped escape to Dubai.
The prosecutor said the crime branch also intended to confront Vindoo and others arrested in the case with Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku, arrested by the special cell of Delhi police.
Mumbai police had Monday secured a production warrant for bringing Tinku for interrogation. Defence counsel Satish Maneshinde contested the grounds cited by the prosecution for seeking extension of Vindu's custody, saying the charge levelled against the actor was of betting, which is a bailable offence.
The actor, he said, was not involved in match-fixing.