Chennai: Tamil Nadu Police on Monday arrested hotelier Vikram Agarwal after questioning him for around seven hours in connection with betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, said an official.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) Deputy Superintendent of Police N Venkataraman said, "Agarwal had money dealings with Uttam C Jain alias Kitty a bookie."

The bookie also used Agarwal's hotel room for betting operations, the police said and Agarwal had information about pitch conditions and other details pertaining to IPL matches.

Police decided to take Agarwal into custody as he had made numerous calls to several numbers whose ownership is questionable. The CB-CID issued summons on Friday to Agarwal to appear before them as bookies had operated out of his hotel room.

Known as Victor in betting circles, Agarwal had also used the phone connection in his wife's name to get in touch with the bookies.

The hotelier is said to have links with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested by Mumbai police for betting. Aggarwal is said to be a friend of Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan.

Meiyappan was arrested by Mumbai police and Aggarwal had appeared before the Mumbai police upon summons. His two hotels - the 129-room Fortune Select Palms near here and the 162-room Radisson Blu Hotel City Centre here - were searched by the CB-CID officials.

The police said that Agarwal's residence was not raided as only his hotel premises were used for betting.

Agarwal did not appear before CB-CID despite summons issued to him. The Madras High Court had earlier dismissed Agarwal's anticipatory bail application after receipt of summons from CB-CID.


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