Mumbai: The Mumbai crime branch charge sheet states that Virendra Dara Singh alias Vindoo used to extract information from players on the pretext of being a cricket fan and used the information to place bets in the sixth edition of the T20 league. Vindoo, who was introduced to Gurunath Meiyappan by Anand Saxena – a Delhi-based former bookie at a party in Chennai where Bollywood actors and cricketers were present, was the key person through whom Meiyappan and Asad Rauf placed bets with the Jaipur brothers – Sandeep Chabbra and Sanjay Chabbra, who are wanted in this case.
Vindoo was a regular at most after-match parties and befriended many players from whom he extracted a lot of information, which he then passed on to the bookies, who used it to place bets.
His popularity after winning the 2009 Bigg Boss helped him gain access to many players. “All this was done innocently. Vindoo would just strike a conversation and extract information in casual chats. He would not arouse suspicion,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.
Vindoo, who is a compulsive gambler and was active in the betting circuit since 6 to 8 years, was allegedly involved in roping in Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf in the betting racket, the police said, alleging that he and the bookies gave gifts worth lakhs of rupees to Rauf.
After his arrest, the crime branch seized three mobiles phones belonging to bookie Pawan Jaipur from the residence of Vindoo. The Jaipur brothers fled to Dubai after being tipped of police action by Vindoo. The crime branch also has an ipad and a laptop which has record of his betting transaction in the recently concluded cricket season.
The crime branch also has CCTV footages from two hotels in the Western suburb which shows Vindoo in the company of Jaipur brothers. Vindoo booked the rooms in these two hotels for the bookies using his drivers license as a proof of identity.
Sources said Vindoo won around Rs. 17 lakh this season through betting but no money had changed hands as all accounts are settled at the end of the season.