Other accused persons were also granted bail. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate MN Saleem ordered the release of both men, along with all other accused including Ramesh Vyas, Pandurang Kadam, Ashok Vyas, Neeraj Shah, and Prem Taneja, “on the ground of parity”, and has directed them not to leave the country.
The court had already granted bail to Pravin Bora and Pankaj Shah. The men released yesterday will be required to come to the police station every alternate day between 11 am and 2 pm, for the purpose of investigation. The men were released on bail of Rs 24,000 with one or two sureties. The court stipulated that they cannot tamper with the evidence or witnesses.
Appearing on Meiyappan’s behalf, advocate Aabad Ponda on an earlier date had argued that he was not involved in either match-fixing or spot fixing. Moreover placing bets is a bailable offence. Only three sections levelled against the men are non-bailable, sections 420, 466 and 468 of the IPC.
Satish Maneshinde, representing Vindoo, had told the court on an earlier date that he was not part of a larger conspiracy and the allegation that Vindoo had helped some bookies escape didn’t stand as the bookies were not wanted accused at that time.
Meanwhile, troubles for main accused Ramesh Vyas have not ceased, as he has been shown absconding by the Delhi police. Vyas was granted bail by the Esplanade Court on Tuesday. The Delhi police have already invoked MCOCA against 26 accused, including S Sreesanth. They intend to apply the act against Vyas as well. It was through Vyas’ interrogations that the links in the match fixing scandal were revealed.