Notorious bookie held for third time

Jul 26, 2013, 01:41 IST | A correspondent

The Crime Branch arrested bookie Devendra Kothari on Wednesday; he was earlier arrested twice during IPL for betting

Bookie Devendra Kothari, who has been arrested twice since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been arrested yet again, this time by the Mumbai Crime Branch in the spot fixing scam. The police said that Kothari was in touch with top bookies and also a bookie master from Pakistan.

Betting scandal: During investigations it was revealed that Ramesh Vyas had given one of his phones to Devendra Kothari. File pic

A police officer of the Property Cell said, “Kothari’s role was discovered after the police arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas and learnt that he had given one of his phones to Kothari.” Kothari was apparently constantly in touch with Vyas, who operated a telephone exchange for bookies. He was also in touch with bookies Sanjay Jaipur and Pawan Jaipur, who have also been arrested. Kothari was produced at the Killa court after the arrest and was remanded to police custody till July 31.

Meanwhile, Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur were asked by the High Court to appear before an investigation officer to further probe the scandal.

Niket Kaushik, additional commissioner of police, Crime Branch, said, “The Jaipur brothers have applied for anticipatory bail and the court has postponed its hearing till Friday.” 

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