Actor Vindu Dara Singh who was arrested by the cops for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal told the Mumbai crime branch police that Chennai Super Kings CEO & BCCI Chief Srinivasan‘s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan lost an amount to the tune of Rs 1 crore in the bets placed on IPL matches this season.
Cops are anticipating that the bets might have been placed based on one among these two options:
- CSK CEO may have placed bets through Vindu Dara Singh in general, but not on his own franchise.
- CSK CEO may have passed crucial information to Vindu Dara Singh before placing the bets with the bookies. Still, the final outcome mayn’t be always what one expects and because of the same he lost bulk money.
Luckily, for Gurunath Meiyappan these two offenses comes under betting, not fixing. Cops were also investigation if he was involved in spot-fixing too.
A three-member team conducted raids at Gurunath Meiyappan‘s house in Chennai on Thursday afternoon but they couldn’t find him.
Immediately, they served notices asking him to appear before them for interrogation. Finally, the CSK CEO contacted Mumbai police and sought time till Monday to appear before them.
Super Kings seek to distance themselves from spot fixing murk
Amid the growing chorus for sacking BCCI chief and Chennai Super Kings boss N. Srinivasan in wake of the spot fixing allegations, his team Saturday sought to distance itself from the raging controversy.
Appearing before the media on the eve of Indian Premier League final against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens Sunday, team coach Stephen Fleming read out a statement asserting that its players and support staff have no knowledge of betting and spot fixing.
Incidentally, the press meet was scheduled to be addressed by CSK skipper MS Dhoni but the dashing keeper-batsman preferred to give it a miss, amid questions raised over his wife Sakshi‘s presence beside arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh at the IPL VIP box. Vindoo is now facing grilling in police custody for his alleged involvement in spot fixing.
Fleming, however, apologised before the media for Dhoni`s absence, but said: “With the rain, we decided to keep the team back at the hotel for the preparation for tomorrow`s match”.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, slated to accompany Dhoni in the media meet, too did not turn up.
“The players and support staff are distressed by the allegations and news reports concerning the CSK franchise and the IPL. We have played every match to the best of our ability, and are very proud of our record of having appeared in the play-off in all six seasons of the IPL.”
“The players and support staff have no direct knowledge of either the betting or the separate spot fixing allegations,” said the handwritten statement.
“As difficult as it is, all our focus is now on preparing for the IPL final today,” it said.
Following the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan– Srinivasan’s son-in-law and the CSK CEO, there has been a growing clamour for sacking the BCCI chief as well the IPL franchise.
With BCCI terminating two IPL franchises on financial matters, critics have been seeking the cancellation, or at least the suspension of CSK, in the aftermath of the controversy.
Meanwhile, an embattled but defiant Srinivasan arrived in the city Sunday evening and is holding a meet with the BCCI office bearers.
Srinivasan who has refused to step down as the board president might Sunday stir another controversy if he does the honour of handing over the trophy to winners of the IPL final.
IPL spot-fixing: Meiyappan disclosed CSK strategies to bookies?
The Mumbai police, currently investigating the spot-fixing allegation along with Delhi police, have reportedly claimed that CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of BCCI chief and CSK owner N Srinivasan, disclosed team strategies to the bookies.
Meiyappan, who was arrested by the Mumbai police for his alleged role in spot-fixing on Friday, was learnt to have placed huge bets through small time actor Vindoo Dara Singh.
Earlier, embattled BCCI president N Srinivasan refused to quit Saturday as his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was sent to police custody till May 29.
“I have not done anything wrong, I have no intention to resign. I cannot be bulldozed into resigning,” a defiant Srinivasan said in Mumbai amid rising demands that he must give up his post in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Kamal Nath became the first cabinet minister to demand Srinivasan`s resignation while Law Minister Kapil Sibal promised a legislation soon to deal with corruption in sports.
Saturday was Day 10 of the Indian Premier League`s spot fixing scandal, which began with the arrest three Rajasthan Royals cricketers and has now enveloped both Bollywood and a powerful administrator of the game.
Several bookies have been arrested across the country.
Srinivasan flew into Mumbai from Chennai to meet his son-in-law but left for Kolkata, where his Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL final Sunday, without seeing him.
“The BCCI will follow its rules,” Srinivasan said. “There is no question of my stepping down. If someone wants to replace me, let him get elected. If I have done something wrong, then it is a different matter.”
Meiyappan has been linked to Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested earlier for links with bookies who are accused of manipulating IPL matches using inside information from tainted players and others.
Meiyappan, who had initially refused to surrender until Monday, gave himself up late Friday night to Mumbai Police.
After grilling him for three hours, police said they had recovered four mobiles from him which they needed to investigate to ascertain his role in the spot fixing scam.
Mumbai`s Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said Meiyappan was arrested based on the evidences gathered so far in the probe.
“We have come to the conclusion that there is evidence of his involvement in the offence which we are investigating. We have secured his remand till May 29,” he said.
He added that police have recovered certain items from Meiyappan and Vindoo which would aid in the probe.
The duo would also be interrogated together and their voice samples taken to match certain conversations with suspected bookies tapped by the investigators, he said.
Kamal Nath said Srinivasan should go. “It is absolutely untenable for the BCCI chief to continue, he has no credibility left,” he said in New Delhi.
Srinivasan insisted that “vested interests” did not want him to head the BCCI, the country`s richest sports body. “It will be convenient for people to not have me here. Media has gone overboard against me.”
Kapil Sibal said the government will soon bring a stand-alone legislation to deal with corruption and malpractices in sports.
“We have decided to enact legislation to deal with unfair practices in sports,” he told the media.
“There is no offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as of now for unfair practice in sports, so you can`t punish anyone,” Sibal said, adding the government had sought Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati`s opinion.
“The draft of the new law will be ready in three-four days.
“Though we can amend the IPC and incorporate a new offence dealing with dishonest practice in sports, it would be much better to have a stand-alone legislation.
“We cannot let down millions of fans out there for whom cricket is a passion. The new law will not apply to cricket alone but all sports in which such unfair practices are used for changing the outcome of the game in a particular event.
“We would like the law to be as broad as possible, to deal with all kind of unfair practices and in the new age of technology, you can use various means,” he said.