Bookie brothers were given state honours

May 31, 2013, 06:22 IST | Vinay Dalvi

The Crime Branch has recovered an undated photograph that shows Jaipur-based bookie brothers Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur receiving a state government award from then chief minister Vasundhara Raje

Back then they were better known as jewellers Sanjay and Sandeep Chhabra. An undated photo recovered by Mumbai Crime Branch shows the two now infamous as bookies Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur respectively flashing thousand watt smiles while accepting a Rajasthan government award from then chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Sanjay and Sandeep Chhabra receiving an award from the then Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje

Police have learnt that Sandeep Chhabra had also been decorated with the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award, given by a private foundation, for registering remarkable growth in business. Police have already disclosed that the two are owners of Motisons Jewellers, one of the biggest such stores at Johri Bazaar, Jaipur. Mumbai Crime Branch’s property cell has also learnt that the Jaipur brothers also own a benaami stake in a Sri Lanka Premier League team.

I-T raids
“The Income Tax department has raided the premises of Motisons Jewellers several times. The brothers used to offer the players Rs 30 to Rs 40 lakh for spot-fixing, and take bets from all over the world, earning crores. They were in touch with a lot of cricketers and we will soon start communicating with external affairs ministry for deporting them from Dubai where they have fled,” said a source from the Mumbai Crime Branch.

The duo is said to have strong links with politicians, industrialists, cricketers and even Bollywood celebrities. “We have found a photo of the two with ex-chief minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, accepting an honour given by the state government. It is still not clear what they were awarded for. Sandeep was also conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award,” said the Crime Branch source.

Vindu Dara Singh
Vindu helped the bookie brothers flee

Mumbai Crime Branch sources told MiD DAY that Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur were the key bookies wanted by them and that they were in touch with Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf. They had allegedly paid his shopping bills here. The duo was also in touch with small-time actor Vindu Dara Singh who had allegedly helped the brothers flee to Dubai by driving them to Mumbai airport in his car.

Gurunath Meiyappan
Guru is guilt-ridden

Sources in the Mumbai Crime Branch said that Gurunath Meiyappan was repenting his misdeeds. He told police that he was trapped in the betting racket by Vindu and he was unhappy that he had tarnished the name of his father-in-law BCCI chief N Srinivisan. Meanwhile, police have learnt that bookie Prem Taneja knew the three girls with whom cricketer Sreesanth was found by Delhi police.

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