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Bollywood in IPL fixing? Vindoo Dara arrested

Last updated on: May 21, 2013 17:20 IST

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Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

"Vindoo was questioned after he was found to be in contact with bookies and subsequently arrested today," an officer of the Mumbai Police's crime branch said, without revealing details.


Image: Vindoo Dara Singh (left) chats with Sakshi Dhoni during the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Chennai on April 6, 2013
Photographs: BCCI

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The 49-year-old Vindoo, winner of reality television show Bigg Boss Season 3, was on many occasions spotted watching IPL matches and attending post-match parties.

His arrest is the first from Bollywood in connection with the latest scandal to hit Indian cricket.

It is not yet known if he was a link between IPL players and bookies, or was just into betting.


Image: Vindoo Dara Singh (right)
Photographs: BCCI

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The Mumbai Police's crime branch, which is also probing the scandal, apart from the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, had on Monday questioned a casting director who sent photographs of models to S Sreesanth and summoned a Telugu film producer having business links with the tainted India pacer.

The move came amid suspicion that honey traps could have been laid to lure cricketers into spot-fixing at IPL matches.


Image: Vindoo Dara Singh (centre) with Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers
Photographs: Arun Patil

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The Special Cell of the Delhi police had arrested Sreesanth, his Rajasthan Royals teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- and Jiju on the night of May 15 for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches.

Apart from electronic devices, including a laptop, Rs 72,000 cash, data card and diaries with entries in English and Malayalam, which appeared to be in Sreesanth's handwriting, were also seized.

Sreesanth's laptop had dozens of photographs of models e-mailed to him by the casting director.


Image: Vindoo Dara Singh (centre) with Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers
Photographs: Arun Patil

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