MUMBAI: Investigations have revealed that Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf urged small-time actor and betting intermediary Vindu Dara Singh to wager a huge sum on Kolkata Knight Riders in a match of this season's Indian Premier League.
The police on Thursday said they were in possession of taped conversations that clearly implicated Rauf in having direct links with the murky ongoings in betting and spot fixing in IPL-2013.
Vindu reportedly bet Rs 20 lakh of his own and CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan's money, a police source said, but they had lost all their money.
The match under the scanner was between KKR and Pune Warriors that took place on May 15 at Ranchi. KKR went on to lose the match.
Telephonic transcripts with Times of India also reveal a conversation in which Rauf is said to have received a Rs.6 lakh gold chain as a birthday gift from bookies Pawan Jaipur and Prem Taneja with Vindu acting as intermediary.
Rauf apparently insisted that he be sent the ornament along with its invoice so he didn't face trouble with customs.
The crime branch intercepted the packages at Delhi airport and Rauf, who scooted off from India no sooner that Vindu was arrested, was unable to collect his booty.
Meanwhile, two brothers, owners of a jewelry store in Jaipur and key accused in the betting scam, appeared before the property cell of Mumbai crime branch on Thursday as directed by Bombay high court.
The brothers had been holed up in Dubai and it was Vindu who had facilitated their escape by driving them to the airport.
"We believe that these two are key accused in the betting syndicate and we need to interrogate them on their links with Pakistani umpire Rauf and cricket players. Their interrogation will also make clear the role of the players," said an officer.