Shoban Mehta~~s judicial custody extended till May 26

Published: Sunday, May 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:A local court extended the police custody of suspected cricket bookie Shobhan Mehta till May 26 in an alleged match-fixing case.

Seeking his custody, police alleged that investigations had revealed his nexus with bookies in Pakistan and Dubai.

Mehta was arrested by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of city police on May 17 on the charge of allegedly indulging in cricket betting and match-fixing, after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the Sessions court.

Mehta has been booked under Section 420 of IPC (cheating) and under provisions of Indian Telegraph Act and Gambling Act.

EOW had earlier arrested three co-accused in the gambling case -- Ramesh Vyas, Tushar Trambak Gandhi and Nemichand Kanungo.

According to police, investigation had revealed that Mehta used mobile phones to take bets on the cricket matches. Police also alleged that Mehta used to call certain persons in Pakistan, UAE and to Dubai, and they need to probe if those persons were also involved with betting.

Mehta's lawyer I A Bagaria opposed his (Mehta's) police custody stating that the sections under Indian Telegraph Act and Gambling Act, under which he was booked, were bailable, except under Section 420 (cheating) of IPC. Bagaria said police had seized all the instruments allegedly used in placing bets and making international phone calls and hence Mehta's police custody was not required.

Police first arrested Ramesh Vyas, proprietor of R B Communication Centre, on February 4, 2005, which has MTNL License. According to police, Vyas was misusing phone lines by installing a certain software.

A case was registered against him under the Telegraph Act, Gambling Act and Indian Penal Code.

Co-accused Tushar Gandhi was arrested by police on March 12 and Nemichand Kanugo was arrested on April 28 for the same alleged offence.

Subsequently, all the three accused were released on bail by a metropolitan magistrate.

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