Meiyappan faces heat as police moves case from betting to fixing

The result of his voice test, which is still awaited, would be crucial in the crime branch case.



Mumbai: The Mumbai crime branch on Saturday changed their case in the T20 spot-fixing scandal from betting to provisions that can deal with fixing as well. The police invoked section 130 of the Bombay Police Act (using unfair means while betting) against cricket Board president, N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and his alleged link to bookies, Vindoo Dara Singh.

Using the act, the police have invoked the section related to cheating in the case. Sources said since there is no law against fixing, this section has been used.

Meiyappan charged with betting by Mumbai Police
Chennai Super Kings set to be IPL castaway


Several witnesses have recorded statements with the crime branch saying they bought tickets but since bets were placed they felt cheated.

Sources said Meiyappan, principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), compromised team information and used it to place bets through Vindoo. Meiyappan was arrested on May 25 by the crime branch.

No players
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (Crime), said they were still probing the fixing angle and so far no players were seen to be involved. Phone conversations between Meiyappan and Vindoo is the biggest evidence that Meiyappan tried to fix the outcome of several matches. On May 12, Meiyappan made a call to Vindoo when CSK was playing Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Jaipur and allegedly told him to place bets against his team.

He also allegedly told Vindoo that CSK would make 130 to 140 runs.

This information was passed by Vindoo to bookies. Vindoo, however, placed bets for himself and Meiyappan on RR and ended up losing the money. Sources said CSK lost the match by four runs.

Phone calls
On May 14, Meiyappan called Vindoo while CSK were playing against Delhi Daredevils and informed him that CSK would be winning the match.

Officials said Meiyappan leaked the batting order and team composition to Vindoo in the many calls he made during the T20 season. The official also said though there is no proof the matches were fixed, there are references of a particular over or a session being fixed and information passed on by Meiyappan helped the bookies in deciding their bets.

However, police sources said that Meiyappan did not pay or receive any money as all betting accounts were settled after the cricket season.

The result of his voice test, which is still awaited, would be crucial in the crime branch case.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Jagmohan Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Jagmohan Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

Moores to get second chance in England top job

Moores to get second chance in England top job

The 51-year-old will succeed Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in charge following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia in January. More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »