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Salem (TN), Aug 31, The bail plea of lottery king Santiago Martin, who controls a vast lottery empire across the country, has been adjourned to September 5 by a local court here.


His bail plea, which came up before the Chief Judicial Magistrate”s court here yesterday, was adjourned to that date after the government pleader opposed it.


Martin was brought here from Vellore Jail where he is now lodged along with his relative Benjamin and both were taken back later, police said.


Martin was arrested here on August 13 following a complaint by one Balaji, who had accused him of grabbing his land valued at Rs two crore. Benjamin was also arrested that day.


Coimbatore-based Martin had recently surrendered before a court in Tirupur in connection with a Rs 6.3 crore cheating case and released on conditional bail.


He has also been named as an accused in four cases being probed by CBI in Kerala relating to alleged irregularities and corruption in operation of other state lotteries.


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