IPL: Meiyappan face-to-face with Vindoo

Last Updated: Sat, May 25, 2013 07:01 hrs

After his arrest in the IPL spot-fixing scam by the crime branch of Mumbai Police on Friday night, Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has been brought face to face by cops with arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh who named him as the one directing him to place the illegal bets, media reports said.

The murky Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal reached at the doorstep of India´s cricket board chief and a team owner on Friday night with the Mumbai Police arresting Gurunath Meiyappan for his alleged involvement in the illegal betting after he was summoned for quizzing.

There has been a clamour for the resignation of the BCCI chief too. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements Limited that owns the team Chennai Super Kings. He, media reports said, is flying from Kodaikanal, where he was holidaying, to Mumbai to meet his arrested son-in-law.

He could be headed for Kolkata too for the IPL final on Sunday featuring his tainted team Chennai Super Kings.

Srinivasan speaking to a TV channel said he would not resign since he saw the entire episode as a conspiracy to unsettle him.

The Chennai Super Kings team has already reached Kolkata and the players are in a city hotel almost completely barred from media. Chennai Super Kings will encounter Mumbai Indians in the finals on Sunday at the historic Eden Gardens.

Based on grilling of arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh, Mumbai Police had summoned Meiyappan for interrogation and then placed him under arrest late in the night on Friday.

He would be produced in a court on Saturday shortly.

"We have interrogated Mr Gurunath after he arrived at the crime branch headquarters. We have gone through questioning with him in detail and after due deliberation we have come to the conclusion that there is evidence of his involvement in the offence that we are investigation and there he has been placed under arrest and would be produced before a court within 24 hours as per law, Mumbai Police joint commissioner Himanshu Roy told reporters on Friday night.

The arrest followed the interrogation of Vindoo Dara Singh for his links with the bookies. Singh reportedly named Meiyappan as the one who instructed him to bet on his behalf.

The Mumbai Police had taken Gurunath Meiyappan to Crime Branch office after he arrived in Mumbai from Madurai and later arrested him.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Kumar Modi, who nurses a wound for his ouster from the league, from London tweeted: "Now that arrest is made of guru [Gurunath] and he has been booked by police. India cements franchise agmt [agreement] should be terminated suo moto."

Modi said "if the axis of evil and its support cast is not made to resign, this will result in the biggest cover up scam in global history."

"Past three years constitution has been changed so many times - why? Find out ? Who drafted it ? Who was behind it. They all should resign," he tweeted referring to cricket administrator and BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

Earlier, India Cements, the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings, on Friday said Gurunath Meiyappan does not control the team though previously the notion was that Gurunath is the Team Principal.

India Cements on Friday released a statement stating that Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan, "is neither the Owner, nor CEO/Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings".

TS Raghupathy, executive president of India Cements said, "Mr. Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings."

"India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately. India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities."

The statement came as Meiyappan reached Mumbai on Friday evening to appear before the police for interrogation in connection with the India Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

The police is likely to question Meiyappan on whether he has been passing information, said reports.

Earlier, ignoring Meiyappan´s request to defer interrogation, the Mumbai Police had said they won´t grant him any extension and that he has to face them on Friday itself.

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing in the ongoing tournament.

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