IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Mumbai police will decide whether to make Gurunath Meiyappan a witness

Gurunath Meiyappan (left) finally showed up before the Mumbai police crime branch on Friday evening as his request to be allowed to appear on Monday was turned down © IANS

Mumbai/Madurai: May 25, 2013

Mumbai Police will decide whether to make Gurunath Meiyappan a witness. Police sources claimed to have evidence indicating that Meiyappan was closely associated with the recently busted betting syndicate. “After questioning him, we will decide whether to make him an accused in the case or a witness,” an officer said.

Police arrested Meiyappan at midnight after enquiring him for about three hours. He will be produced in court on Saturday. According to police sources, Meiyappan acknowledged knowing actor Vindoo Dara Singh. Meiyappan allegedly said he had known the actor — arrested for his alleged role as a middleman between teams, bookies and celebrities — for 10 years. Sources claimed he said that Vindoo had insisted that he bet on matches, and he finally did so on a game held in Kolkata. The Chennai players apparently used to entertain Vindoo as he was known to be Meiyappan’s friend reported The Times of India.

After three days Meiyappan finally showed up before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Friday evening as his request to be allowed to appear on Monday was turned down. He was questioned late into the night by a team headed by joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy on whether he was linked to IPL betting and spot-fixing.

The police asked the media not to make the conclusions about Meiyappan’s arrest early in the day.

Meiyappan was called for questioning after Vindoo told the cops about his association with him. Vindoo claimed he had placed bets on IPL 2013 matches on behalf of Meiyappan, who apparently lost Rs 1 crore in the process.

Meiyappan had been staying at the holiday home of N Srinivasan in Coaker’s Walk area of Kodaikanal. Gurunath left the place around 1.30pm in a car and arrived at Madurai airport around 5pm. Two men accompanied him, one of whom was BCCI counsel and former Tamil Nadu advocate general P S Raman.

A battery of reporters were waiting at the airport entrance from 2pm. While the media was expecting Gurunath to arrive in the Landcruiser in which he had left Kodaikanal, he arrived at the airport in an Innova.

When the Landcruiser was spotted, media persons rushed toward it. Meanwhile, Gurunath, clad in jeans and a dark blue shirt, got out of the Innova and walked to the airport entrance.

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