Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan has been chargesheeted by the Mumbai Police for betting during the 2013 IPL.
According to a Times Now report, he has been charged with session betting, by leaking out team composition, team strategy, batting positions and injury updates to Vindoo Dara Singh, who in turn relayed the information to bookies. Vindoo has also been named in the chargesheet, which says that he was betting for himself and Meiyappan.
Besides 22 accused and eight wanted accused, the charge-sheet has named several Indian and Pakistani bookies, many of whom were arrested in Mumbai when the scam surfaced in May. Running into more than 11,500 pages, the police have charged the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Mumbai Police Act, IT Act and Gambling Act.
The police have named around 200 witnesses and attached half-a-dozen forensic reports and mentioned 181 seizures pertaining to the case. Phone records, CCTV footage, SIM card details have been cited as evidence in the chargesheet.
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Meiyappan’s father-in-law, BCCI president N.Srinivasan had earlier distanced himself from his son-in-law saying, “This is a matter for Mr Gurunath Meiyappan to deal with. If he is charge-sheeted, the law will take it own course. He has been suspended so he has got nothing to do with the game,” Srinivasan told PTI.
The CSK team owner had been arrested on May 24, 2013, after reports emerged that he was betting on IPL matches. He was given bail along with Vindoo Dara Singh in June 2013. Chennai Super Kings distanced themselves from Meiyappan, saying that he was an honorary member of the franchise.
The Mumbai Police also claim that they have incriminating evidence against Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who fled to Pakistan, after his name cropped up during investigation. He has been named as 'wanted accused'.
Rauf however claims to be innocent, "I discuss cricket with everyone. There is a difference between discussing cricket and giving away information. I am friends with Vindoo Dara Singh, I am not responsible for his actions and haven't taken any favours from anyone. There is nothing to prove that I am linked to bookies. I have officiated in five editions of the IPL, my decision making was honest", he said in an interview to TV channel Times Now.
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