Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi in a series of tweets on Thursday claimed that three Chennai Super Kings players had links with a real estate tycoon, who is also a bookie and has close links with Gurunath Meiyappan and other IPL franchisee owners. Modi said the players had been given flats by the bookie in Mumbai and Delhi.
Modi, who now lives in London, also said that he had blacklisted the unnamed real estate tycoon from bidding for a team in the third year of the IPL. "Further if the news is correct - this person was blacklisted whilst I was chairman from bidding for a team in year 3," he tweeted.
"Just been informed from reliable sources 3 players from chennai super kings have been hanging around with a nightclub owner/ real estate …," Modi said in a tweet, before continuing, "real estate king who also runs a book and is a big punter and given these boys flats in his new bandra sea face complex, noida in del."
Modi said the police needs to investigate his claims and the players as the amount involved could be as large as Rs 20 crores.
"Police needs to investigate into this and see if any truth. Apparently amount is Rs 20 crores. 1 of them is an intl player and 3 were with .. we're with this bookie in the night club when an another player was arrested from same club a few weeks ago," Modi tweeted.
"Concerned book maker real estate tycoon has close links with Guru and a few other owners," he said in another tweet.
Modi said he can't put names on Twitter, but added he has contacted the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit. "Sorry cant put names on twitter. I have officially written to Icc to ask Acsu to verify and check and then it's for them to decide."
CSK team principal Gurunath and actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who were arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, were granted bail by a New Delhi court earlier this month. Gurunath is the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, who has been forced to step aside until the two-person panel appointed by the board to inquire into the complaints against Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, and the owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, completes its task.