Srinivasan distances himself from Meiyappan

Srinivasan said if Meiyappan is charge sheeted in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, the law will take its own course.

BCCI president N Srinivasan, who has one eye firmly set on seeking a year's extension at the board's Annual General Meeting on September 29, has distanced himself from his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Prinicipal, Gurunath Meiyappan, who is likely to be charge sheeted for betting and gambling by the Mumbai Police in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Srinivasan said on Saturday that if Meiyappan is charge sheeted, the law will take its own course.

“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. “It is up to him to defend his position, it has got nothing to do with me,” he added.Gurunath Meiyappan has been left to fend for himself.

Besides Meiyappan, the Mumbai Crime Branch that was investigating the case will also name Vindoo Singh Randhawa, the son of actor Dara Singh in the charge sheet, a Mail Today report had said on Tuesday. Both Vindoo and Meiyappan, who CSK owner India Cements says was not team principal, were in contact during IPL matches, Mumbai Police has claimed.

They say Meiyappan used to bet on IPL matches through Vindoo and that he also passed on crucial team strategy and other information, which would then be relayed to bookies.

The Mumbai police claim that they have strong evidence to show that Meiyappan and Vindoo were involved in betting, including taped conversations between Meiyappan and Vindoo, and between Vindoo and other bookies.

Controversial Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf is also learnt to have been named as an accused in the charge sheet. The charge sheet, which runs into more than 6000 pages is slated to be filed at the Esplanade court in which the Mumbai police crime branch has given details of some interactions between bookies and Rauf during the tournament.

Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns CSK, was forced to step aside as the BCCI President on moral grounds after Meiyappan was arrested for allegedly indulging in betting during IPL this year.

Meanwhile, Srinivasan exuded confidence as he reiterated that he would contest the presidential election during the Board's AGM in Chennai. "I will chair the meeting as President and inspite of what you (the media) feel, I may get elected," he told PTI.

A Hindustan Times report said that in a vital development for Srinivasan’s supporters, the Tamil Nadu strongman has finally managed to win the support of all six state associations from South with Goa falling in line.

Goa’s support comes at a time when former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar has shown interest in a comeback, the Hindustan Times report said, adding that Srinivasan looks safe for now with the BCCI constitution ensuring his re-election without opposition.

The IPL spot-fixing controversy broke out in May with the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by the Delhi Police for conceding a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers.

Sreesanth and Chavan were recently slapped with life bans by BCCI. The board also banned cricketer-turned-bookie Amit Singh for five years and gave his Royals teammate Siddharth Trivedi a one-year sentence for not reporting that he was approached by bookies.

Harmeet Singh, 20, who was part of India's Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2012, was let off with a warning since the BCCI had no evidence against him. Harmeet had a similar charge against him as Trivedi but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

There was no decision on Chandila, who recently got out on bail. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon.

The four players found guilty of spot-fixing are among 39 persons who have also been charged separately by Delhi Police in the corruption scandal that rocked this year's IPL.

All four players belong to the Rajasthan Royals franchise, but Sreesanth, 30, is the only one to have played for India. He was part of the teams that won the World Twenty20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.

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