Gurunath Meiyappan says he gave out team information to Vindoo Dara Singh

Gurunath Meiyappan was sent into police custody till May 29 © IANS

Mumbai: May 26, 2013
 
Gurunath Meiyappan made staggering confessions to the police saying he is a compulsive gambler. The former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team principal said he bet and won crores of rupees on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
 
Meiyappan also said he shared important information on CSK’s team composition, batting and bowling orders with actor Vindoo Dara Singh. With the secrets being leaked, the bookies were helped in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing racket, as reported by Mid-Day.
 
Still the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan said he did not fix any matches. “I admit I am a gambler. I have bet crores, and have won and lost crores too on IPL matches all summer.
 
“Vindoo also forced me to pass on inside information on team compositions to him. But I am no fixer,” said Meiyappan to a Mumbai court on Saturday.
 
He was interrogated on Saturday by the Mumbai police. He was then produced in court and then was sent into police custody till May 29.
 
On condition of anonymity, a police officer said, “Meiyappan told the police and the court that he had won almost all bets he placed on his own team this year.
 
“We are trying to find out if he had a hand in Chennai Super Kings losing to bottom-ranked Pune Warriors, as it is unlikely that such a strong team could lose so easily to Pune.”
 
Meiyappan also said that he won nearly 80 per cent of all the bets he had placed on matches over all of the seaons of the IPL.
 
A senior police official said that Meiyappan and Vindoo were in contact with each other during many IPL matches, especially the strategic time-outs in between matches.
 
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to harbouring offenders was applied to Meiyappan as it was earlier to Vindoo.
 
Meiyappan’s advocate Aabad Ponda told the court, “He has a wife, kids and family. There is no point in arresting him. He is not going to run away.”
 
Metropolitan Magistrate MP Paaghe was shown transcripts of Meiyappan’s conversations with Vindoo. The court then sent him into police custody till May 29.
 
Both Meiyappan and Vindoo were brought in front of each other. A police officer said, “Guru used to pass on information to Vindoo, who would place bets on his behalf.
 
“Everything from details of fielding, who will open the bowling, changes in the lineup that must have been discussed during team meetings by captain MS Dhoni, were all passed on to Vindoo.”
 
He was charged under various sections of forgery under the IPC, along with cheating and even criminal conspiracy, Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act and Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.

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