MUMBAI: Vindoo Dara Singh, son of the late wrestling legend Dara Sigh, has been arrested for spot-fixing in the on-going investigation into the Indian Premier League scandal.
The 49-year-old, who was seen during a Chennai match sitting next to the wife of Indian cricket captain Mohinder Singh Dhoni, is the first Bollywood actor to be arrested in the scandal which came to light last week after the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.
A Mumbai Crime Branch official said, “Vindoo was questioned after he was found to be in contact with the bookies and subsequently arrested on Tuesday.’’ He has been remanded to police custody till May 24.
The arrest of Vindoo, who won the popular Big Boss season 3 in 2009, could be the beginning of the exposure of deeper links between bookies and the film industry as Mumbai Police also questioned a casting director allegedly involved in wooing Sreesanth. Photographs of dozens models e-mailed by this casting director to Sreesanth have been seized from the cricketer’s laptop. A Telugu film producer with links to Sreesanth is also under investigation.