IPL Scandal: Conditional bail for Gurunath and Vindoo

They have been granted conditional bail on sureties of Rs 25,000 each and told not to leave the country.

Gurunath Meiyappan and Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh had something to be happy about as they were on Tuesday granted bail by a Mumbai court. All others arrested by the Mumbai Police in the betting scandal including bookies Ramesh Vyas, Alpesh Patel and Prem Tarneja were also granted bail.

The court has granted them conditional bail on a bond of Rs 25,000 each. All the accused have been told not to leave the country and to appear before the Mumbai Crime Branch every alternate day.

Also on Tuesday, the prosecution invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against arrested cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the IPL spot fixing case. The case will now move to a special MCOCA court.

If the bail order reaches the police by 5 pm, Vindoo and Gurunath will walk out of the jail on Tuesday itself, news channels reported, adding the bail has been granted on parity with two others who got bail earlier in the case.

Meanwhile, CNN-IBN said Vindoo has admitted to being in touch with Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore, but added so far there is no evidence to prove that Vindoo got match-related information from the Kolkata franchise's CEO.

Gurunath's arerst came after Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were taken into custody. All the accused deny any wrongdoing.

Police allege the players deliberately bowled badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars after striking deals with bookmakers.

Gurunath is the son-in-law of Indian cricket board chief N. Srinivasan, who on Sunday stepped aside pending the outcome of an internal probe into allegations of spot-fixing in IPL matches.

A Mumbai court had on Monday granted judicial custody till June 14 to Vindoo, Gurunath and two others in connection with the betting scandal.

Additional Metropolitan Magistrate M.N. Saleem rejected the police plea to extend police custody for the four accused stating that the prosecution had made no grounds for the same after their police remand ended on Monday.

Besides Vindoo and Gurunath, hawala operator Patel and bookie Taneja were also sent to judicial custody till June 14.

Public prosecutor Kiran Bendbhar argued that the police required further custody of the accused to help trace out absconding bookies and investigate more about their financial transactions, which was strongly opposed by the defence lawyers.

Gurunath and and Vindoo had filed bail pleas soon after the metropolitan magistrate remanded them in judicial custody.

Gurunath was arrested on the night of May 25 for his alleged involvement in the T20 League betting scandal. He was in the eye of a storm after Vindoo, arrested on May 22 for his alleged links with bookies, admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.


I HAD MOLES IN ALL TEAMS: VINDOO [Link]

Vindoo boasted to Gurunath that he had moles in almost all the IPL franchisees including Kolkata Knight Riders, a Times of India report said.

"You just place bets and don't worry. I am trying to get more information from my source in KKR," Vindoo was heard telling Gurunath in a phone conversation, transcripts of which are with the police.

"When we interrogated Vindoo, he told that he was referring to KKR CEO Venky Mysore and clarified that Mysore was just a friend and had nothing to do with betting. Vindoo said he lied to Gurunath to win the latter's confidence," said a police officer. Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, said the police have no plans to question Mysore or any other team owners.

Mysore told the daily that he was shocked to hear that Vindoo took his name.


BINDRA STANDS BY STATEMENT [Link]

Former BCCI president I.S. Bindra on Monday reiterated his claim that the BCCI had put pressure on the Sri Lankan board to withdrawn a report that named an India player violating the anti-corruption rules during the 2010 tour.

After Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) rubbished his claims, Bindra issued a statement saying: "I have seen the press release issued by Sri Lankan board on June 3 contradicting my assertion made in my blog dated June 1. I reiterate and fully stand by what I had said."

Bindra said the International Cricket Council should look into the matter.

Bindra claimed on Sunday that during India's 2010 tour to Sri Lanka, an Indian team official had taken a girl to the room of a player, who is also a prominent member of Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008.

"It was observed on the footage that the girl spent the night prior to a game. It was also alleged that girl was sent by an individual on ICC's list of suspected bookies. This incident was in gross violation of security as well as anti-corruption regulations," Bindra said.


DALMIYA MAY ATTEND ICC MEETINGS [Link]

BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday did not rule out representing the board in ICC deliberations, and said banning after-match parties of the Indian Premier League could be a possible solution to cleaning up cricket.

Addressing his first media meet, a day after being asked to take charge of the day-to-day affairs of the board with its president N. Srinivasan stepping aside, Dalmiya said that former secretary Sanjay Jagdale had made it clear he would not be returning to his post while ex-treasurer Ajay Shirke had been given another 24 hours to make up his mind.

Asked whether he had any plans to stop IPL for a year in the wake of the spot-fixing allegations which has marred its reputation, the seasoned cricket administrator said: "Efforts should be made to keep everything running. But how much it has to go that we have to work out according to the developments."

Dalmiya, who promised to keep "no stone unturned" to cleanse indian cricket, said the game was going through "difficult times" in the country, but exuded confidence that he would be able to tackle the situation "with the help of all".

Admitting that the image of cricket has been tarnished, Dalmiya said: "But we can either cry over spilt milk or do something about it."


DELHI COPS SPEAK TO JAGDALE [Link]

The Delhi Police spoke to former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale on Monday to understand the revenue model of the IPL tournament in connection with the spot fixing scam they are probing, official sources said.

"We called Jagdale here to get an idea about BCCI's role in the agreement between team Rajasthan Royals, the board and the cricketers as the agreement is a tripartite one," sources said.

Delhi Police have also called IPL CEO Sundar Raman, along with Jagdale, as part of their information-gathering effort.

Rajasthan Royals had filed a complaint against its three arrested players - Sreesanth, Chandila and  Chavan - for breach of contract as they were allegedly involved in spot fixing in the just-concluded IPL.



COMPLETE COVERAGE

Forget Srinivasan, here's why Dhoni should resign

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Delhi cops speak to former BCCI secretary

Dalmiya walks in as Srinivasan 'steps aside'

Vindoo, Meiyappan in judicial custody till June 14

The Dummies’ guide to bookies and punters

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Rejuvenated Dalmiya calls the shots

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