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Mumbai: May 29, 2013
11: 15 hrs: Did Vindoo Dara Singh meet S Sreesanth ahead of Mumbai Indians-Rajasthan Royals match on May 15?
CNN-IBN reports that Vindoo Dara Singh has admitted meeting S Sreesanth on May 14. This was a day before Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi police.
11:12 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan to be produced in court today
BCCI chief’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s police custody ends on Wednesday. However, the Mumbai police is likely to ask for the extension of his custody in IPL betting case.
11:02 hrs: Was the Kolkata Knight Riders-Royal Challengers Bangalore match in Ranchi on May 12 fixed?
Sources said that Ajit Chandila tipped off bookies on the result of the match a week before, reports Times Now.
“The bookies had contacted Chandila for a tip-off on which of the two teams would win the match and had promised him a sum of Rs. 30 lakh for the same,” a police officer was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
10:56 hrs: Are bookies among the owners of a Sri Lankan Premier League franchise?
According to latest updates from Mumbai Police sources, Vindoo Dara Singh reportedly told that two bookies names Sanjay and Pawan are the ‘Benami’ owners of one of the franchises in the Sri Lankan Premier League, reports Firstpost.
Uttar Pradesh police will investigate at least 10 players in the Indian Player League fixing scandal.
10:48 hrs: IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla meets BCCI vice president Arun Jaitley
IPL Commissioner Rajeev Shukla is in a meeting with BCCI Vice-President Arun Jaitley, CNN-IBN reported.
However, the reason for the meeting is not known.
23.50 hrs: IPL GC announces three-member commission to probe allegations
The IPL Governing Council has finally announced the three-member commission that will probe into the allegations raised against Gurunath Meiyappan, Indian Cements (owner of Chennai Super Kings) and Jaipur IPL Pvt Ltd (owner of Rajasthan Royals).
According to a media release, the commission comprises two retired judges of the Tamil Nadu High Court — Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian — along with the BCCI’s Hon. Secretary, Sanjay Jagdale.
The release said that the commission “will be initiating the adjudication proceedings at the earliest”.
21.30 hrs: BCCI’s credibility has been compromised, admits Ajay Shirke
BCCI treasurer and IPL Governing Council member Ajay Shirke has admitted that “the board’s credibility has been compromised”. However, Shirke, speaking to Times Now, said that, “We cannot pass a definitive judgement without the investigation being over.”
Asked hif BCCI president N Srinivasan should step down, Shirke said, “Srinivasan has made his position explicitly clear that he will not go. What I think is irrelevant.”
21.00 hrs: Asad Rauf to hold press conference on Wednesday
Pakistani ICC umpire Asad Rauf will conduct a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday afternoon to brief the media about the spot-fixing scandal, reports Geo Sports.
Rauf was taken off the ICC panel for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England after his name cropped up in the latest scandal.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Crime Branch is reported to have enough evidence against Rauf. Police sources
told CNN-IBN that they have adequate information to show that the umpire has been in touch with the bookies, who were part of the scandal.
19.35 hrs: Let the truth come out before speculating, says Kris Srikkanth
Former India batsman Kris Srikkanth refused to get embroiled into speculating about the spot-fixing scandal and said that the truth needs to come out first. “Till the truth comes out, I don’t think anyone can say anything. It will only be speculation,” Srikkanth told CNN-IBN.
“Cricket is a religion in our country. Everybody is waiting for the truth. Once the truth comes out, then everybody will be able to answer the questions.
“Cricketers are very honest people, barring a few. Every [Indian] cricketer’s dream is not making money, but playing and winning for India,” he added.
19.10 hrs: MS Dhoni avoids questions on spot-fixing scandal
India and Chennai Super Kings skipper, addressing a press conference for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, avoided queries on the spot-fixing row. Dhoni merely smiled when two journalists quizzed him on the fixing row, while the media manager turned down the questions.
Dhoni said that the players are in a good frame of mind and have plenty of time to prepare before the tournament begins.
18.30 hrs: MS Dhoni press conference at 7 PM, reports CNN-IBN
CNN-IBN reports that India and Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni is scheduled to have a press conference at 7 PM this evening. Reasons still unknown, although it could be for the upcoming Champions Trophy as well.
17.06 hrs: Mumbai Crime Branch likely to summon Vikram Aggarwal
The Mumbai Crime Branch is likely to follow the Chennai Police and summon the Chennai-based hotelier Vikram Aggarwal in connection with the betting in the Indian Premier League 2013, as reported by Times Now.
16.45 hrs: N Srinivasan should step aside temporarily, says Jyotiraditya Scindia
President of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Jyotiraditya Scindia told Times Now that Board of Control for Cricket in India President N Srinivasan should step aside till temporarily. He went on to say that he would have done the same if he was in Srinivasan’s place. He also said that the onus and fair share of responsibility to clean up the cricket is on the BCCI.
Jyotiraditya Scindia: Srinivasan must step down. We are responsible for the actions of family members to an extent #IplFixingScandal
— TIMES NOW (@timesnow) May 28, 2013
A court in New Delhi has sent S Sreesanth to judicial custody till June 4 even as the Delhi Police were seeking an additional two-day extension. Times Now is reporting that the Delhi Police claimed to have made further strides into Sreesanth’s alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal and had asked for a two-day extension of Sreesanth’s custody on this basis.
14.10 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh’s custody extended till May 31
Vindoo Dara Singh’s police custody has been extended till May 31 after he was presented in a court on Tuesday. Times Now reported that Mumbai Police are looking to find links between Vindoo and Asad Rauf who allegedly took gifts from the Bollywood actor. Earlier, the Mumbai Crime Branch brought Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan face-to-face during interrogation.
Times Now is reporting that Mumbai crime branch have reached Gurunath Meiyappan’s residence again for conducting another search. This is the third raid at Meiyappan’s residence who has been allegedly linked with betting during IPL 2013.
11.35 hrs: Times Now is reporting that according to the police sources, bookie Bhupinder Nagar met Ajit Chandila before the start of the Indian Premier League 2013 and offered a token amount of Rs 2 lakh for spot-fixing.
10.45 hrs: Hotelier Vikram Aggarwal untraceable: Police sources
According to Times Now, police sources say that hotelier Vikram Aggarwal is currently untraceable. According to his lawyer, Aggarwal is in CB-CID’s custody but they have denied that. At the moment, according to police sources, Aggarwal could be the most important link in the betting racket in the IPL 2013.
After the ID card, visiting cards, verified Twitter profile and entries in the CSK website, here’s another proof that contradicts N Srinivasan’s address at Sunday’s press conference that his arrested son-in-law was just an “enthusiast” and not owner of the CSK. The picture below is of Gurunath Meiyappan (in yellow) with Raj Kundra at the toss of the CSK-Rajasthan Royals owners match in 2012.
21.40 hrs: Sunil Gavaskar has no issues with IPL GC members being part of probe
Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar feels that the inclusion of the IPL governing council members in the three-member panel selected to inquire into the charges levelled against Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan should not arise any doubts on its fairness.
“For us to doubt the integrity of the IPL GC members is not just on. It is not fair to doubt their integrity only because of the fact that they are going to probe the Gurunath issue,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
Asked if he was gagged by the BCCI, Gavaskar responded, “I want to clarify that I and Ravi [Shastri, who is a member of the probe] are not currently contracted to the BCCI.”
Gavaskar also said that the match-fixing scandal to hit Indian cricket in 1999-2000 was bigger than the current controversy.
21.20 hrs: Bishan Singh Bedi disappointed in former cricketers’ silence on issue
Former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi has indirectly criticised all ex-cricketers who are unwilling to speak up against the recent spot-fixing controversy to hit Indian cricket. Bedi hinted that it was money that was keeping the cricketers silent.
“I am disappointed, but not surprised,” Bedi told Times Now in an interview. “If money can make you talk, it can silence you as well… Cricketers are willing to suck up to anybody.”
20.10 hrs: Former ICC umpire claims he was offered thousands to fix game in Sharjah in 1993
In an unrelated development, former ICC umpire John Holder claims he was offered over $15k to fix a game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sharjah in 1993. Speaking to Times Now, Holder said he denied the offer.
20.00 hrs: Kirti Azad slams the BCCI probe panel on Times Now
Former India cricketer and current politician Kirti Azad slammed the three-member probe panel, headed by Ravi Shastri, set up by the BCCI to investigate Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in the IPL betting scandal. Azad said he does not trust the panel.
Earlier, Azad had questioned the UPA and NDA’s silence on BCCI President N Srinivasan, who is the father-in-law of betting-accused Meiyappan and has refused to resign from his post.
“Where are those keepers of high moral values in both UPA and NDA…why are not they raising voice on the removal of Srinivasan over IPL scandal?” the BJP MP asked.
“These people who raise voice in Parliament on any political issue are not speaking in public over the spot fixing in IPL and removal of BCCI chief over the dirty episode,” Azad told PTI.
18.30 hrs: Mumbai police to summon a hotel promoter called Vikram Aggarwal over betting links, reports CNN IBN.
Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan named him in their questioning.
“Regardless of what the outcome of the investigation is, it will appear as if there has been some influence from the president. Also, there is a conflict of interest as he is involved with CSK and India Cements,” he said to the media.
A lookout notice had been issued by the police over him.
This panel will also includes Ajay Shirke and a retired High Court judge. They will investigate the role played by Gurunath Meiyappan in the whole IPL 2013 betting racket.
They will be brought in front of the Mumbai court later today (Monday).
The owner of this hotel had reportedly placed huge bets on IPL matches. His name came up during the questioning of Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh.
“The anti corruption unit of the BCCI is looking into matters. The Supreme Court has given us a 15-day time limit. We will take a tough view with the matter,” said Jaitley.
Police also claim that S Sreesanth’s room was cleaned up after his arrest. They feel someone tried to clear the evidence.
BCCI President N Srinivasan on Sunday said Meiyappan had no role in the CSK set up and that he was only “enthusiastic”.
Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar has told Times Now that the board should come clean in the spot-fixing controversy. Manohar added that the BCCI should file an FIR against the accused cricketers and take strict action against them if proven guilty. He said that the investigation should be conducted by a government body and the BCCI should approach the home ministry. Manohar also said that all IPL-6 matches should be probed.
18.12 hrs: Police raid ends at Gurunath Meiyappan’s house
Times Now reports that the Mumbai Crime Branch has left Gurunath Meiyappan’s house in Chennai after their raid in the morning. The Crime Branch has recovered Gurunath’s ID-card and diary from his house.
17.24 hrs: Delhi Police get extension to custody of Sreesanth, Chandila; Chavan sent to judicial custody till June 4
Delhi police has got two more days of custody of spot-fixing accused cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and two bookies in a New Delhi court, reports CNN-IBN. They will now remain in police custody till May 28. Sreesanth has moved a bail plea which will be heard by the court on May 28.
Meanwhile, Ankeet Chavan and three other bookies were remanded to judicial custody till June 4. Chavan also moved a bail plea saying his wedding is scheduled on June 2. The court will hear arguments for this plea on May 28.
16.10 hrs: N Srinivasan reiterates there is no revolt within BCCI, has no intention to resign:
Excerpts from the press conference:
– Have been a difficult few days for me as a father and father-in-law.
– BCCI will act without fear or favour if the circumstances warrant to punish any players, team-official or franchise involved in the spot-fixing scandal.
– BCCI will continue to offer assistance to the police. BCCI has acted very swiftly.
– On Gurunath Meiyappan: The legal process has already started [against him]. BCCI has taken the decision to provisionally suspend him from all operations. Gurunath Meiyappan had no role within Chennai Super Kings. He was just enthusiastic about the sport.
– Appointing an enquiry commission investigating this case. I will not play any role in its decisions. If anyone is found in breach, a number of potential sanctions are viable.
– Request you all to be wary of trial by media. The unfair attack from media has been relentless. The TV news channels have been carrying unverifiable statements, maybe with a view on their ratings.
– Wish to ensure to the cricketing world that there is no revolt within the BCCI. I have not been asked by anyone to resign. I intend to continue my duties within the BCCI.
– IPL continues to contribute funds to the development of cricket in India. New stadia in the country — at Ranchi, Pune, Rajkot and Dharamsala — who hosted international matches were built due to funds generated by IPL. Former players were also remunerated with these funds.
– BCCI will take whatever steps are necessary to justify the faith of the public in IPL and Indian cricket.
– I have done nothing wrong. I have performed my job well within BCCI. I intend to continue my duties as president of the BCCI. I will not be railroaded.
– There is no allegation against the Chennai Super Kings team. I am told the stadium is sold out for the final.
– Chennai Super Kings is owned by a public sector company — India Cements. India Cements has ben supporting cricket for the last 50 years. We have employed many cricketers in a time when there was no money in cricket.
– On Lalit Modi’s allegations against CSK: I do not reply to fugitives.
N Srinivasan’s press conference is starting now at 4pm.
Cricketers Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, along with other accused, were produced in court, reports NDTV. The police are likely to ask for an extension to their custody, which ends today.
14:20 hrs: N Srinivasan reiterates that he will not step down as President of the BCCI, reports Times Now.
The final round of meetings between the members of the BCCI is going on in Kolkata and current President N Srinivasan has once again said he will not step down from his post. Srinivasan also said that he is open to a probe from a judge.
Srinivasan will also address the media at 4 PM.
BCCI vice-President Arun Jaitley has met with Srinivasan. But it is not known what was discussed between them, reports DNA.
Srinivasan is ready to face other members of the BCCI but he won’t step down, reports Times Now.
Six players including S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and bookies were seen in hotel corridor with two girls after May 9 match, reports Times Now
12:49 hrs: Delhi police to produce S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in court today and are likely to seek further custody, reports Times Now.
Chennai Super Kings ban team management member Meiyappan for life
— India Today (@IndiaToday) May 26, 2013
According to Firstpost, Meiyappan made around 25 lakhs on the first game he bet. But then he ended up losing around a crore in the next 3-4 matches. To recover that loss, Meiyappan apparently was tempted back into the betting ring by Vindoo, who told him that if he gave them team information then he could make a lot of money.
The Mumbai police continues to question Meiyappan. They are also looking for more evidence in Chennai.
BCCI suspends Gurunath Meiyappan from any involvement in the sport of Cricket and Chennai Super Kings IPL team.
The media release:
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.
As an accredited team official, Mr 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.
Chris Gayle asks 780,000 followers on his verified Twitter account not to believe rumours after some TV channels allegations that he received expensive gifts from those tainted in the ongoing spot-fixing scandal.
Don’t believe everything you read or hear #rumours.
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 25, 2013
Joint commissioner of Mumbai Police Himanshu Roy has said that they are in the process of recording voice samples of Gurunath Meiyappan after they received his police custody till May 29. While addressing the media, Roy added that, Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh will be questioned together to eliminate any contradiction in claims made by them.
Fleming said the team and the support staff is distressed amidst the spot-fixing controversy.
NDTV quoted Fleming as saying, “The team was proud of having played in the IPL for six seasons and would do its best to put aside the controversy and focus on the final tomorrow.”
Union Law minister Kapil Sibal informed in a press conference that a new law will be put in place against all kind of corrupt activities in sports.
The law will cover all people — including spectators, players, administrators, and everyone involved in all sports in India.
The overseas players, if playing in India, are caught in such activities will also come under this law.
Sibal added that it was unfortunate that 10 years ago, when a similar kind of incident happened, no such action was taken. But the Central government now wants to take a strong action in this regards.
Gurunath Meiyappan sent to police custody till 29 May in connection with illegal betting racket, reports CNN-IBN.
Police says they have call details of 4 phones of Gurunath Meiyappan.
Meiyappan used to place bets with the help of bookies Jupiter and Vindoo.
Crime branch to seek 7 days custody. Police to check if fake documents were used.
Police also to tell court that Meiyappan discussed team strategies with the bookies.
N Srinivasan says, “I have not done nothing wrong, I have no intention to resign.”
He adds, “I cannot be bulldozed or railroaded into resigning by the pressure being applied.”
“BCCI will follow all its rules. Law will take its own course.”
BCCI President is likely to meet son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan today at 6 PM
13:22 hrs: N Srinivasan arrives in Mumbai
What will Srinivasan’s next step now that he is in Mumbai.
Shashank Manohar says he hasn’t yet agreed upon to take up the position of BCCI President on an interim basis, reports ABP News.
12:37 hrs: BCCI President N Srinivasan leaves for Mumbai
BCCI is planning to initiate suspension proceedings against him if Srinivasan refuses to step down in the aftermath of the IPL scandal – PTI
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