More evidence of Meiyappan's culpability emerges

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The Chennai Super Kings management has asserted that Gurunath Meiyappan is neither team principal or owner of the franchise, but according to Times Now, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla had sent an email to owners, including Gurunath for a workshop. The channel also reported that Mumbai Police have dismissed BCCI president N Srinivasan's claims that Gurunath was present with CSK all these years only because he is an "enthusiast".

The police have also recovered several items that link Gurunath to CSK including his visiting cards that identify him as Team Principal, CSK stationary and merchandise. 

Times Now reports that Delhi Police have arrested another bookie, Bhupinder, who is believed to have paid arrested cricketer Ajit Chandila, a few lakhs to fix a match. In Chennai, a hotelier Vikram Aggarwal alias Victor was picked up by the police, for his links with Vindoo Dara Singh. He is believed to be a small-time punter.

The Mumbai police also claimed to have recovered Meiyappan's mobile phone from his yacht anchored at Chennai's Marina Beach. The police is still looking for three more phones of Meiyappan, a suspect in the IPL betting case. Police sources said Meiyappan used these phones to stay in touch with bookies.

CNN-IBN reports that the police recovered 365 CSK envelopes, 190 visiting cards, 1400 stickers with CSK logo, one desk diary, black in colour with CSK logo along with CSK players' list, IPL auction list of 2010 and t-shirts with CSK logo. The news channel added the police raids at Gurunath's Chennai residence are expected to continue as the police are trying to recover some electronic items.

Even more incriminating is the discovery of 13 pages of the T-20 auction list from the year 2010, reports Hindustan Times. These forms, officials said, could only be with someone who owns or manages the team. "These forms are used during the auctioning of players in order to buy them. Who should keep these forms than the owner of the team who bids," the official said. "It clearly shows his [Gurunath's] involvement in the franchise at a very high level."

Meanwhile, the spot fixing scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) triggered by the arrests of suspended Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila has also led to the arrests of Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh and CSK team principal Gurunath; and now a new link has emerged in the scandal.

A CNN-IBN report said a Chennai hotelier with betting links has been named by both Vindoo and Gurunath. Sources told the channel this has been corroborated by Meiyappan and that the hotelier is also a key link to some Bollywood celebrities. Early reports mentioned that the hotel in question is Radisson Blu. Its Chennai promoter has been called for questioning.
On Sunday, Mumbai Police 'confronted' Gurunath with Vindoo during questioning about IPL betting rackets. CNN-IBN reported that according to crime branch sources, Meiyappan told the investigators that it was Vindoo who introduced him to betting.

Also, on Sunday, Srinivasan refused to quit from his post and also announced the board’s decision to form an inquiry commission to investigate the alleged involvement of his son-in-law Gurunath in cricket betting and spot-fixing.

Reiterating that he “has done no wrong”, Srinivasan accused the national media of instigating a witch-hunt against him. He also denied that the BCCI is split about him continuing as the board president.

Srinivasan said that an independent commission will be formed to investigate the activities of Gurunath, the team principal of the CSK who was sacked by the team and suspended by the BCCI. He said the investigation would be “without fear or favour” and players, officials and teams found guilty would be punished.

Srinivasan asserted that Gurunath, who on Sunday was suspended from all cricketing activities by the BCCI, wasn't the team owner or the team principal, and said he was present with the Chennai team because he was "enthusiastic".


Describing his modus operandi, Mumbai Crime Branch officials said Gurunath would fish out information about changes in the batting line-up of Chennai Super Kings from team coach Stephen Fleming.

The former New Zealand skipper, oblivious to Gurunath’s actual intention, would give away the details, they added.

The now-suspended team principal would then pass on details about the two-time champions’ strategy to bookies, and place bets through Vindoo.


BCCI's three-member disciplinary committee will comprise of Ajay Shirke, former cricketer Ravi Shastri and a retired High Court judge. The independent committee will investigate Gurunath's role in the spot fixing scandal in the IPL.

While Shirke is the BCCI treasurer, Shastri has been part of the IPL Governing Council.


BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley on Monday assured that "tough action" will be taken against those guilty in the spot fixing scam unearthed in the IPL.

"The anti-corruption unit of the BCCI is looking into these matters. The Supreme Court has given it 15 days' time, it will give its report, it will come up before the disciplinary committee," said Jaitley, who also heads Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI.

"Be rest assured, we are going to take a very tough view on the matter," Jaitley told reporters.


Tamil Nadu Police on Monday detained Sanjay Baffna, alleged to be one of the key people in the IPL betting racket, police said.

A statement from the Crime Branch said Baffna was caught at the airport while trying to enter India from South Africa. Police had earlier issued a lookout notice for him.

Police said Baffna's role in the IPL betting was being examined and a decision on his arrest will be taken after his interrogation.

An anticipatory bail application filed by Baffna in the Madras High Court will come up for hearing on May 29.


Srinivasan on Monday directly accused the media of hounding him in connection with his resignation and the Indian Premier League spot fixing scandal.

"The press is hounding me, the media is hounding me. I have already clarified everything in the press conference on Sunday. I have no reason to resign," Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan asserted that he had done nothing wrong and rejected reports of a revolt against him in BCCI.


The former BCCI chief told Times of India that the board should take strong measures to eradicate betting/spot fixing/match fixing or any type of corruption that brings the game to disrepute.

"The Board should immediately file a criminal complaint with the investigating agencies, urging them to probe all 75 games in the current edition (of the T20 league that concluded on Sunday). The Board should also provide them with a raw feed of the games as well as CCTV footage recorded at every venue," he said. And after the investigation is complete and responsibility fixed, the Board should take strictest possible action against the persons involved, without showing any leniency.

Manohar also wants the BCCI to direct all players to submit their mobile numbers one month in advance so that the same can be forwarded to the investigating agencies to help them monitor any untoward incident or conversation.


For those who think that the recent police raids, both in Mumbai and Delhi, have led to bookies going underground, think again. Betting in cricket is a thriving market has almost become a parallel economy with its own payment system and rules. Though no one can accurately say how much money is involved in game, a conservative estimate is that it easily runs into Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 crore per match.


Instead of feeling sorry for itself, India would do well to respond to the crisis by acting in a way which befits its importance on the world stage. Rationality and dignity are two words which spring to mind. Another is reality. Yes India, it is time for a reality check. Legalise betting and at once the game's reputation would be revived.

The battle to cleanse the sport begins now. It is as much of minds as of hearts. Debate has been lukewarm over whether India should legalise.


"Maine sab sach keh diya hain inhe, abhi tu bhi sab sach bol de [I have revealed the whole truth to the police, now you too should tell them everything honestly]," Vindoo allegedly told Gurunath, who is believed to have been CSK team principal, on Sunday when he met him for the first time after the T-20 betting scandal erupted.

Gurunath is in the custody of the Mumbai crime branch, which is investigating the betting racket.

When asked whether the statements of Gurunath and Vindoo matched, an officer said: "There is no problem between the two and they have been co-operating. They realise that we already know a lot about their conversations and that there is no point being evasive."


Srinivasan was booed by the crowd at the Eden Gardens after the Indian Premier League final on Sunday.

The moment of embarrassment for Srinivasan came when anchor Ravi Shastri introduced him to the crowd at the prize distribution ceremony.

Srinivasan, however, looked unfazed.

The BCCI chief also put an end to speculation on whether he would hand the IPL trophy to the winners, by doing the honours before the packed Eden Gardens.


Three to four IPL players are likely to be arrested, said police on Sunday.

The Delhi Police had launched a manhunt for these players just after the questioning of Mohammed Yahya alias Yusuf, 45, one of the bookie who was arrested on Friday morning from Hyderabad airport in connection with the IPL spot fixing scandal when he was trying to flee to Dubai.

A Delhi Police source said that Yahya revealed some names of the players who were also involved in the spot fixing.


Indian Express reports that the Delhi police on Sunday informed a city court that they were conducting investigation into the possible involvement of players from two IPL teams, other than Rajasthan Royals, in the betting and fixing scandal.

Senior public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan made this statement during arguments while demanding two days of further police custody for Sreesanth and Chandila and suspected bookies Ashwini Aggarwal, Chandresh Patel and Baburao Yadav.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Aggarwal granted the police custody of the two cricketers, Chandresh and Aggarwal till Tuesday.


Srinivasan's successful gambit to continue as BCCI president hasn't gone down well with former IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi, who launched a series of explosive tweets during the Chennai Super Kings-Mumbai Indians final on Sunday night. Modi did not spare current T20 league chief Rajiv Shukla or BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitely either.

Modi wants owners to take over the T20 league. "Owners should takeover and run and protect IPL. Band of thieves - the total support team - fearing their future if this were to happen. So band of crooks will band together. Sad what a great institution has been reduced to."


The CCTV footage of a five-star hotel in Chandigarh on May 9, when Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab in an IPL T20 match, reportedly shows Sreesanth and Chavan virtually awake all night walking the hotel's corridor outside their room.

PTI reports the footage reportedly shows Sreesanth and Chavan meeting bookie Jiju Janardhan and exchanging some packets, and two young women can also be seen at different times with them.

Rajasthan Royals had played an afternoon game against KXIP at PCA stadium at Mohali defeating them by eight wickets and before 9 PM on May 9, the players of both the teams had returned to the hotel.


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