Live: Meiyappan to stay in police custody till May 29

Last Updated: Sat, May 25, 2013 10:13 hrs

3.35 pm:

Meiyappan to stay in police custody till May 29

It's been reported that disgraced CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan will remain in police custody till May 29.

Meanwhile Meiyappan's father-in-law and BCCI President N Srinivasan is flying from Mumbai to Kolkata.

Srinivasan has refused to resign despite a volley of criticism against him. "I have done nothing wrong, and if someone wants to replace me let him get elected," he said.

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Gurunath Meiyappan has been produced before the Mumbai court. 

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Defiant Srinivasan says he cannot be bulldozed to resign 

A defiant Board of Cricket Control in India president N. Srinivasan on Saturday said that he had done nothing wrong with regard to the Indian Premier League, and categorically refused to resign from his position.

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2.07 pm:

I can't be bulldozed into resigning: Srinivasan

In a brief exchange with the media, a defiant BCCI President has insisted that he will not put in his papers.

"I have done nothing wrong. I have no intention to resign," Srinivasan said.

"I cannot be bulldozed or railroaded into resigning by the pressure being applied. BCCI will follow strictly all its rules. The law will take its course," he added.

1.49 pm:

Union minister Kamal Nath says BCCI chief N Srinivasan should resign immediately.

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Mr Srinivasan has arrived in Mumbai. Sources say he is likely to meet Gurunath Meiyappan.

12.33 pm:

IPL: Meiyappan face-to-face with Vindoo

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.

12.15 pm:

Huge challenge before CSK to overcome controversy and Mumbai

Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, here tomorrow.

The arrest of its management official M Gurunath, who is the son-in-law of the team owner and BCCI President N Srinivasan, on the suspicion of betting would have surely dented the morale of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

It will be a huge challenge for the players and their skipper to cope up with the situation and play their natural game against a team, which is keen to win that elusive trophy.

11.40 am:

NDTV: As calls for his resignation as President of BCCI grow louder, Mr Srinivasan is headed to Mumbai. Sources say he is likely to meet Gurunath Meiyappan, his son-in-law, who was arrested late on Friday night by the Mumbai Police for his alleged involvement in betting in the on-going edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

11.15 am:

Over 1 lakh Indians face arrest in Saudi Arabia

TOI: As Saudi Arabia implements its controversial naturalisation law or Nitaqat, which seeks to replace foreigners in companies with its own people, India is in the midst of a gigantic effort to bring back over 75,000 people in the next few months. After having failed to regularise their work status, these people have applied for emergency exit certificates to leave the country by July 3, the deadline set by Saudi Arabia for deportation of illegal workers. 

If these people, whose number is growing, can't leave the country by July 3, they are likely to be arrested. On his way to Saudi Arabia, in what is first bilateral visit by an Indian foreign minister to the country in 5 years, foreign minister Salman Khurshid said he will take up the issue with his counterpart, Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saturday even as he added that Saudi authorities were well within their rights to implement their laws. 

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Indians rules the roost in National Geographic Bee

A 12-year-old Indian American from Plainville, Massachusetts, has emerged as the winner of this year's National Geographic Bee.

Sathwik Karnik won the 25th annual geography bee on Wednesday -correctly answering the question, "Because Earth bulges at the equator, the point that is farthest from Earth's center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak," as Chimborazo, People magazine reported.

Second-placed Conrad Oberhaus, 13, of Lincolnshire, Illinois, had know the answer all along but Sathwik got all his five questions right in their one-on-one duel.

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Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan was grilled by Mumbai Crime Branch for several hours following his arrest last night in IPL betting scandal during which he was "evasive" and "non-cooperative", police said here today.

Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was taken to Crime Branch headquarters after his arrival from Madurai by a chartered aircraft last evening. His arrest was announced by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy at around midnight last night. 

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9.30 am:

Court hearing postponed for Boston bomb suspect

A first court hearing for Boston Marathon bomb suspect Djokhar Tsarnaev has been pushed back to from July 2 to July 10, prosecutors today announced. 

Officials in Boston said both defence and prosecution attorneys had petitioned the court to postpone the hearing so that that they could have more time to prepare. 

9.00 am:

Policeman, five gunmen killed in Kabul Taliban attack

Explosions have rocked central Kabul for several hours after Taliban gunmen launched a major suicide and gun attack centred on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

One police officer was killed and five militants were shot dead as security forces hunted down the attackers, with prolonged bursts of gunfire and grenade blasts heard across the Afghan capital. 

A United Nations building and several other official premises were caught up in the coordinated assault that started when a suicide car bomb sent a plume of dark smoke into the sky. 

8.35 am:

AAP shortlists 44 people for 12 assembly seats

TOI: Stepping up preparations for its electoral debut in the Delhi assembly polls due later this year, the AamAadmi Party (AAP) on Friday shortlisted 44 people for 12 constituencies.

The list, a reflection of the masses coming forward to take part in the contest from varied professions, have teachers, lawyers, ex-servicemen, engineers, students, a property dealer, a farmer, a doctor and many teachers on it.

8.00 am:
Pleasure to lead Rajasthan Royals, says Rahul Dravid

Despite having gone down to the Mumbai Indians in a nerve-wracking IPL playoff, Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid lauded his teammates for splendidly rising up to challenges.

"Just take our team spirit, our energy... the fight we had as a group. We faced a lot of adversity both on and off the field but I think the way the guys responded to the challenges both on and off the field has been excellent."

"It's been a pleasure to lead this team. It's been a pleasure to work with the support staff I have had. I like to thank all my boys, all the support staff for the help they have given me," Dravid said at the presentation ceremoney post a four-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians.

"It's great for me to see youngsters come in, that's our USP and part of what we do in the Royals... we are forced to some ways to try and bring good players on and see how they develop," he said.

"It's a great effort... everybody has given so much to it. I think everybody in the team can be proud of our effort. We have maximised our potential. Everyone has probably given more then they been asked to," he added.

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