BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan will produced in a Mumbai court on Saturday in the IPL betting case. Meiyappan was arrested late on Friday night by the Mumbai Crime Branch for his alleged involvement in betting the IPL matches.
The move threatens the future of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and perhaps his father-in-law N Srinivasan as the BCCI top boss. There are growing calls for Srinivasan to quit as BCCI chief. Sources say Arun Jaitley may replace Srinivasan as interim BCCI chief.
Amid calls for his resignation, BCCI president N Srinivasan said late on Friday night that he will not resign from his post in the wake of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested by the crime branch of the Mumbai police for his involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting-spot fixing scandal.
In an interview given to the CNN-IBN television channel, Srinivassan said he had no intention of resigning. He was also quoted by the NDTV channel, as saying that Meiyappan's arrest was an attempt to target him through his son-in-law, and therefore, there was no question of him resigning.
The net closed in on Meiyappan after Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh's call records showed that he was in constant touch with the BCCI president's son-in-law. Vindoo was often seen sitting in VIP boxes, as an invitee of Meiyappan, during Super Kings matches in the IPL.
Meiyappan, who was untraceable for the past two days, was spotted at Srinivasan's farmhouse in Kodaikanal, some 500 km from Chennai on Friday. He left for Mumbai by a chartered flight from Madurai and was met there by the Crime Branch officials, who whisked him away to their south Mumbai office for questioning.
Questioned for over three hours, Meiyappan was confronted with the evidence against him and arrested around midnight.
Srinivasan remained in the line of fire with Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and former International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCCI president Sharad Pawar's party Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) calling for his resignation as BCCI chief on moral grounds, though later the party seemed to distance itself from the demand made by a party spokesman.
Among other developments on Friday, a court granted Mumbai police custody of Vindoo till May 28 besides of two others — hawala operator Alpesh Taneja and a bookie, Prem Taneja.
Gurunath Meiyappan was taken for a medical check-up to the GT hospital around 3 am and then brought back to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch office.
Gurunath likely to be charged with gambling, cheating, forgery and fraud.
BJP MP and former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad has lashed out at the BCCI saying responsibility has to be fixed in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. "How many resignations will you seek? If resignations will change this saga of fixing and indiscipline, they might as well happen today," Azad said.
Arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh has been taken to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch office and may be brought face to face with Gurunath Meiyappan again before the police produce Meiyappan in court.
The Mumbai Police are grilling BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan with Vindoo Dara Singh for the second time.
Ahmedabad Crime Branch on Saturday arrested bookie Vinod Mulchandani from the Satellite Area of the Gujarat city. Rs 1.28 crore in cash, laptops and mobile phones were seized from his possession.
Mulchandani was involved in betting on IPL matches, and as of now, there is no connection of him with fixing syndicates or the spot fixing episode, police said.
As the police grilled Gurunath Meiyappan along with Vindoo Dara Singh jointly, Gurunath has admitted to knowing Vindoo and investigators say he is co-operating, according to sources. Meiyappan will be produced in court at 12 noon.
The Chennai Super Kings boss was "evasive" and "non-cooperative" during interrogations on Friday night, the police said.
Meiyappan was quizzed by Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy for about two-and-a half hours on Friday. After his arrest, the 35-year-old was again subjected to questioning for several hours by Crime Branch team, police officials said.
BCCI sources have said that the Chennai Super Kings will not be suspended at the moment and will play the IPL 6 final on Sunday. Sources also said that there will be no meeting of the BCCI to decide its chief N Srinivasan's fate before the IPL 6 final.
Sources say BCCI chief N Srinivasan will fly to Kolkata on Saturday for Sunday's IPL 6 final.
According to sources, Shashank Manohar and Arun Jaitley are the frontrunners to be the interim BCCI president in case N Srinivasan quits.
The Kolkata police have beefed up security and have placed CCTV cameras at the Eden Gardens to ensure there's no betting during the IPL 6 final on Sunday.
TV reports on Saturday said that BCCI board is likely to meet informally ahead of the IPL 6 final in Kolkata on Sunday, but a decision on Srinivasan is likely only after the IPL 6 final.
Sources said that Shashank Manohar, frontrunner to be the interim BCCI chief, has been asked to negotiate a solution.
BCCI President N Srinivasan leaves Madurai for Mumbai.
The official website of the lucrative Twenty20 league has removed the Fair Play Award table from its pages. The removal comes at a time when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were the top two teams leading on the Fair Play points table.
According to television reports, N Srinivasan said that he is likely to meet his legal team in Mumbai before heading to Kolkata. Sources claim that Srinivasan is likely to discuss options for his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
Gurunath Meiyappan produced in Mumbai court. The Mumbai Police are likely to tell the court that it has evidence against Meiyappan and that it needs his custody to verify the evidence. Sources say the Mumbai Police is also looking at the involvement of a team agent in all this. Senior lawyer Ishwar Nankani will appear for Gurunath.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan has landed in Mumbai and is likely to meet his legal team. However, he may not meet his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
Union minister Kamal Nath has joined the chorus for N Srinivasan's resignation. Nath said, " Srinivasan has lost his credibility. He must step down immediately."
A defiant BCCI President N Srinivsan spoke to the media outside Mumbai airport for the first time since the arrest of his son-in-law. Srinivasan said, "I have done nothing wrong. I cannot be bulldozed or railroaded into resigning. BCCI will follow strictly all its rules. Law will takes its course."
Sources say the BCCI members are likely to confront Srinivasan on the issue of his resignation on Saturday evening in Kolkata. Sources also add that the BCCI working committee is likely to consider impeachment of the President, if Srinivasan doesn't step down. The BCCI top brass is also in talks with Sharad Pawar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, sources add.
The Mumbai Police on Saturday say that it has the call details of four phones of Gurunath Meiyappan that reveal that the CSK boss used to place bets with the help of bookie Jupiter and Vindoo.
Police sources say they want to seize Meiyappan's phones. They also want to investigate if any fake documents were used to procure SIM cards. Sources say the police will probe Meiyappan for spot-fixing as well as betting.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar says players gave runs for money but no team owners' names have surfaced in the investigations so far.
Sources say Gurunath Meiyappan has told court that it is not justified on part of the Mumbai Police to seek his custody only to recover his mobile phones.
Police custody for CSK boss Gurunath Meiyappan till May 29. Police probing whether Gurunath leaked team information to bookies. The Mumbai police also seek to recover four cellphones from Gurunath. They have also sought the CSK boss's voice samples to match taped evidence. Police also believe that Gurunath forged documents to obtain SIM cards. Sources said that cops are also looking into Gurunath's links with Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf.
BCCI sources say that Srinivasasn insists that he presents the IPL trophy after Sunday's final match in Kolkata.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal to address the media at 4.30 pm on Saturday.
IPL chief Rajeev Shukla says discussions are on over what will be the BCCI's next step.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday addressed a press conference in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Sibal said, "A new anti-fixing law is needed to tackle dishonest practices in sports.
"The law ministry is in consulation with the Attorney General. The new law will not be applicable to cricket alone, but to other sports as well."
Sibal said that the bill is still in its draft stage. He has also met Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and IPL chief Rajiv Shukla regarding the bill and both have pledged their support.
The Delhi police has just confirmed that a bookie named Mohd Yahya has been arrested in IPL spot-fixing scandal. He gives names of more Indian cricketers who were in touch with him. the names of the Indian cricketers have not yet ben revealed.
Team captains of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will skip the pre-final news conference tomorrow in Kolkata.
Himanshu Roy in a press conference said, "Gurunath Meiyappan has been taken into custody till May 29. Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath will be interrogated together. We have recovered some items from Vindoo and Gurunath which will help us in our probe."
He also confirmed that their voice samples will be taken.
Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan will be interrogated together, we have Gurunath's custody till May 29, says Himanshu Roy at a press conference.
We have recovered some items from Vindoo and Gurunath which will help us in our probe, says Himanshu Roy.
Voice samples of Gurunath and Vindoo will be taken, added Himanshu Roy from the Mumbai police.
Sources say Gurunath Meiyappan has admitted that Vindoo was extracting information from him.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan to address a press conference at 4 pm in Kolkata on Sunday.
A beleaguered BCCI on Sunday suspended Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested for alleged involvement in betting, pending an inquiry into his role in the IPL spot-fixing scandal that has shaken the core of Indian cricket.
Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Friday for allegedly indulging in betting.
"The BCCI has taken note of the detention by the Mumbai police of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is a member of the team management of Chennai Super Kings," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.
"As an accredited team official, Meiyappan is subject to the provisions of the IPL Operational Rules and the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for Participants.
"Pending further investigations and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee or the IPL Code of Behaviour Committee, Mr Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team," he added.
Jagdale said BCCI officials have also held meetings with the Mumbai Police, offering assistance in the probe.
"BCCI officials met with officers from the Mumbai police on the evening of May 23 and will continue to offer all assistance to the police and regulatory authorities," he said.
A Mumbai Police team Sunday raided the house of Gurunath Meiyappan, the team principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and son-in-law of Indian cricket board's chief N Srinivasan.
A Mumbai court Saturday sent Meiyappan to police custody till May 29 in connection with the raging spot fixing scam in Indian cricket.
Sources revealed Gurunath Meiyappan placed 9 bets on IPL matches. He placed one bet of Rs10 lakh on one CSK match. Of the nine bets, he won five and lost four, sources added.
In a latest development in the spot-fixing saga, Gurunath Meiyappan has blamed Vindoo for luring him into betting. Sources say that Meiyappan has told the Mumbai police that he lost Rs1 crore after 3-4 matches and he sold team strategy and leaked information to recover the money he lost through bets.
Police custody of tainted trio, S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan ends today. The accused will be produced before Saket court after 2 pm. While the Delhi police are likely to ask court to send the cricketers in judicial custody, they might seek custody of prminent bookies.
The top brass of the BCCI were huddled in a series of meetings during the day to discuss the raging IPL spot-fixing issue amid indications that the defiant N Srinivasan will hold on to his position as BCCI President.
It is learnt that some of the top BCCI officials met Srinivasan and have tried to convey to him that it would be better for the BCCI's image and the IPL's credibility if he steps down.
But top BCCI sources said that Srinivasan has shown no inclination to step down from the post as yet, maintaining that he had done no wrong.
BCCI vice-President Arun Jaitley also had a meeting with Srinivasan though it is not known exactly what was discussed by the two.
In further trouble for Sreesanth, a CCTV footage of a Chandigarh hotel shows the pacer with bookie Jiju Janardanan and an unidentified woman in the hotel corridor.
The footage also shows Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan with Sreesanth.
In a conference with the media in Kolkata, embattled BCCI chief N Srinivasan says:
These days have been difficult for me as a father and a father-in-law.
The BCCI will act without fear or favour in the spot-fixing case.
- The BCCI will act strictly and firmly if the allegations are proved.
- A commission will probe into allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan
- I will request everyone to be wary of trial by media.
- TV news channels have been carrying unverifiable news.
- I have not been asked by anyone to quit. My support in the BCCI is complete
- IPL is important to the BCCI.
- The BCCI will take whatever steps it takes to justify faith in the IPL
- I will not allow myself to be railroaded
- We will act in fair, just manner
- All members of the BCCI are united
- I don't have to respond to that (NCP's demand for his resignation). NCP's not part of the BCCI.
- We have appointed a commission (on inquiry in the spot-fixing scandal). The commission will deal with Gurunath Meiyappan.
- No one has said that I've done anything wrong.
- The rules give a number of options to BCCI. Let the inquiry run its course.
You can not presume that people in the Board will not act fairly. There will be independent persons in the commission and I won't be a part of it.
- The BCCI believes in a fair approach and natural justice. I've outlined this approach.
- We await reports.
- There is no allegation against the CSK team
- Chennai Super Kings is owned by a public limited company called India Cements. It runs many teams, gives employment to cricketers. Former cricketers run teams.
Gurunath never even went to the Chennai Super Kings office.
- (On deposing before the commission) I'm not an accused.
- (On Lalit Modi's tweet that CSK is ruining the game, and should be terminated): I don't reply to fugitives!
Delhi police seeks two more days custody of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and 3 bookies in the IPL spot-fixing case in a court in New Delhi.
Cricketer Ankit Chavan and three bookies sent to judicial custody till June 4 by court in connection with the case.
Ankit Chavan moves a bail plea saying his marriage is scheduled on June 2; Court fixes May 28 for arguments.
S Sreesanth moves a bail plea.
S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and two bookies remanded to two more days of police custody by court.