Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Gurunath Meiyappan arrested by Mumbai Police

Gurunath Meiyappan (left) was arrested by Mumbai Police late Friday night © IANS

Mumbai: May 25, 2013

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12:21 hrs: BCCI planning to suspend N Srinivasan if he refuses to resign

BCCI is planning to initiate suspension proceedings against him if Srinivasan refuses to step down in the aftermath of the IPL scandal – PTI

12:20 hrs: Shashank Manohar has agreed to take up the position of N Srinivasan on an interim basis till elections are held for a new President, reports ABP News.

12:00 hrs: BCCI president N Srinivasan heads to Mumbai from Madurai, BCCI members could hold informal meet in Kolkata ahead of IPL finals, reports CNN-IBN.

10:43 hrs: BCCI honchos to meet in Kolkata this evening to decide fate of embattled President. Board rules make it very difficult to remove a President, tweets Rahul Kanwal, Managing Editor of Headlines Today.

09:45 hrs: Gurunath Meiyapaan accepts betting in IPL through Vindoo Dara Singh

Gurunath Meiyappan accepts he was betting in IPL through Vindoo Dara Singh according to police sources, reports India Today.

09:37 hrs: N Srinivasan allegedly threatens Headlines Today Managing Editor

“Shut up, just shut up. I will fix the whole lot of you,” N Srinivasan is allegedly have threatened Rahul Kanwal, Managing Editor of Headlines Today.

09:23 hrs: According to Times Now, it has come out that Gurunath Meiyappan had asked Vindoo Dara Singh to book 2 rooms for bookies.

09:21 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh & Gurunath Meiyappan were made to confront each other last night by Mumbai police, reports Times Now.

08:48 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh was the middleman between bookies and Gurunath Meiyappan, reports Times Now.

07:48 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan to be taken to court on Saturday

Gurunath Meiyappan will be produced in Mumbai court on Saturday in relation to the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam.

Meiyappan was interrogated for almost three hours along with Vindoo Dara Singh.

Meiyappan was taken for a mandatory medical check-up at 3 am to GT Hospital after which he was brought back to the Crime Branch for interrogation. According to CNN IBN, police have audio recording of the interrogation.

After the interrogation, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said, “After the interrogation, we have found that there is enough evidence in the case that we are investigating. Hence, we are placing him (Meiyappan) under arrest”

04.05 hrs: Chennai Super Kings should not exist: Lalit Modi

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi on Saturday demanded the termination of Chennai Super Kings franchisee and called for fresh auctions to be held after the arrest of N Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan.
“If a owner of an IPL team is engaged in betting, the contract clearly states that there is a suo motu right to cancel the agreement of the team and that should be done right away [sic],” Modi was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

“They [Chennai Super Kings] should not exist. Their contract should be cancelled and a new auction should be held for the franchise. Betting is a strict no no. It is against the constitution of IPL. It is against the constitution of BCCI,” he added.

01.15hrs: N Srinivasan refuses to resign: CNN-IBN

BCCI chief N Srinivasan has told CNN-IBN that he is not resigning. Srinivasan said, “I am not resigning now; I have not tendered resignation”.

00.55 hrs: BCCI chief N Srinivasan could resign on Saturday afternoon: CNN IBN

CNN-IBN reports that N Srinivasan might resign from the post of BCCI President on Saturday afternoon after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s arrest. Earlier in day, the BCCI chief had hinted at resigning from the post of BCCI President if any evidences are found against his son-in-law.

Sources also told CNN-IBN that DDCA chief Arun Jaitley may take over as interim BCCI chief.

23.55 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan arrested by Mumbai Police

Times Now reports that Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai Police late Friday night and will be taken to the Metropolitan Magistrate court Saturday morning. The Mumbai Police will seek custody of Meiyappan at the court.

“We have interrogated Gurunath based on information we have. We have found his involvement in the offence related to IPL betting case. We have placed him under arrest”, Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Mumbai Police Himanshu Roy told reporters.

This development could have serious implications for the Chennai Super Kings as Meiyappan is believed to be closely linked to the team and was, till not too long ago, listed as its Team Principal. However, India Cements Friday evening released a statement that Meiyappan is neither the Owner, nor CEO / Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings.

23.50 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan refusing to cooperate: Mumbai Police

Brought in for interrogation by Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch Friday evening, reports are coming in that Gurunath Meiyappan is not cooperating with the cops and refusing to answer questions. Hindustan Times reports that Meiyappan continued to be questioned at 11 pm on Friday night. But his refusal to cooperate could see the Crime Branch move to arrest him, produce him before a court and seek for his custodial interrogation, said police sources.

23.00 hrs: Vindoo introduced to Guru by Dhoni’s business partner, reports Tehelka

Top police sources tell Tehelka that alleged bookie Vindoo Dara Singh was introduced to Gurunath Meiyappan by Arun Pandey, MS Dhoni’s business partner and close friend.

19.25 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan lands in Mumbai

Gurunath Meiyappan has landed in Mumbai and picked up by Mumbai Police right from the tarmac, reports Times Now. Meiyappan was escorted by the Mumbai Police and whisked away in a car. The Mumbai Crime Branch are expected to begin their interrogation tonight itself. Remember that actor Vindoo Dara Singh claimed that Meiyappan lost Rs 1 crore in betting in IPL 6.

18.55 hrs: Bookie reveals possible involvement of players from other teams

Delhi Police sources have told CNN IBN that bookie Mohammad Yahya had approached a number of players in IPL 6 belonging to different teams, not just Rajasthan Royals. The sources said that Yahya was acting as a conduit between bookies and fixers. Yahya was one of the prime bookies in IPL 6.

18.50 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan expected to touch down in Mumbai soon

Times Now reports that Gurunath Meiyappan is expected to touch down in Mumbai on a private jet around 7pm IST. The question now is whether Meiyappan will be arrested by the Mumbai Police on arrival, since he has failed to make the 5pm deadline set by them.

17.40 hrs: Subrata Roy hits out at N Srinivasan

In a totally unrelated development, Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy has hit out at BCCI chief N Srinivasan over the withdrawal of Pune Warriors from the IPL.

Here are excerpts of the interview with Times Now:

– BCCI didn’t even have the courtesy to engage in talks.
– N Srinivasan did not even bother to give me a formal acknowledgment of letters I sent him.
– Sahara group had no choice but to quit IPL.
– We have never defaulted in our payments to BCCI. You can ask Rajiv Shukla.
A person like N Srinivisan, I am sorry to say, should not head a sports body. Especially such an important one. We will not sponsor Indian cricket team if N Srinivasan stays as head of BCCI.
– A person like Srinivasan does not know how to run BCCI.

17.34 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan changes Twitter bio after India Cements statement

And voila, as if on que, the words “Team Principal Chennai Super Kings” have disappeared from Gurunath Meiyappan’s Twitter bio.

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Gurunath Meiyappan not owner of CSK, says India Cements

17.25 hrs: Chennai Super Kings request fans to have faith

Amidst all the brouhaha surrounding their owners and team principal/CEO, Chennai Super Kings tweeted this moments ago:

17.00 hrs: If Gurunath Meiyappan is not the Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, as claimed by India Cements, why does his Twitter profile state otherwise?

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Gurunath Meiyappan not owner of CSK, says India Cements


16.50 hrs: India Cements distances itself from Gurunath Meiyappan

India Cements has just issued a statement related to Gurunath Meiyappan:


16.30 hrs: NCP wants N Srinivasan’s resignation

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has issued a statement condemning BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s refusal to resign from his post over his son-in-law’s alleged involvement in betting. The NCP demanded that Srinivasan step down immediately.

“If he has an iota of honesty he should step down immediately,” the party has said, reported CNN-IBN.

16:05 hrs: N Srinivasan may resign if Gurunath Meiyappan is found guilty

BCCI chief N Srinivasan will wait for the results of the investigation to come out before taking a further move, sources told NDTV. Srinivasan is said to have denied having any knowledge of son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in betting.

Meiyappan, who is the team principal and CEO of Srinivasan’s franchise Chennai Super Kings, has been summoned by the Mumbai Police for questioning today. Small-time actor Vindoo Dara Singh is said to have claimed that Meiyappan heavily betted during this season and lost close to a crore of rupees. Meiyappan’s name, however, has not been linked to spot-fixing yet.

Meanwhile, The UnReal Times hits the nail on the head:

16:02 hrs: Sources say the Mumbai Police has strong evidence against Gurunath Meiyappan audio CDs of his conversations with Vindoo Dara Singh and also CCTV footage of the meetings between the two reports CNN-IBN.

16:00 hrs: According to the IPL rulebook, the Chennai Super Kings will be scrapped from the IPL if its CEO Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested reports CNN-IBN.


15.56 hrs: IPL middleman Vindoo Dara Singh taken to the court from Mumbai crime branch reports Times Now. His remand ends today.

14.00 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan, who was spotted in Kodaikanal with BCCI President and father-in-law N Srinivasan is on his way to Mumbai, according to CNN IBN.

Meiyappan has to reach Mumbai and meet the Police before 17.00 hrs.

13.15 hrs:  The news coming in from Times Now is that Gurunath Meiyappan has been spotted in the hillstation of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu alongwith BCCI Presdient and father-in-law N Srinivasan.

The News channel is also reporting that he is likely to take a flight to Mumbai from Madurai. He is currently on his way to Madurai via road.

Earlier, it was reported by CNN IBN that Meiyappan’s request for extension in time to appear before the Mumbai Police but was denied. According to that, he is expected to meet the Mumbai Police by 17.00 hrs today or face an arrest warrant.

12.35 hrs: BCCI top authorities meet Law Minister Kapil Sibal to discuss law against match-fixing

Rajeev Shukla was quoted by First Post, saying, “We told Mr Sibal that we need a strong law in place to control match fixing. We want a law enacted as quickly as possible.”

12.06 hrs:  Mumbai Police is likely to issue arrest warrant against Gurunath Meiyappan, as reported by Times Now.

CNN IBN earlier reported that Meiyappan had asked for more time to appear before the Mumbai police but may not be granted the extension.

11.56 hrs: Pepsi has issued a statement refuting the rumours of their possible pullout

“The stories in a certain section of the media today, on PepsiCo regarding IPL, are speculative in nature. As a company policy we do not comment on speculation. PepsiCo has not sent any communication to BCCI as referred in a certain section of the media”, the company was quoted saying by First Post.

11.46 hrs: According to Tmes Now, an international bookie has been arrested in Hyderabad.

11.14 hrs: According to First Post, Vindoo Dara Singh is due to appear in court again as the Mumbai Police have asked for an extension on his custody.

10.25 hrs: In a startling revelation, N Srinivasan’s son Ashwin said that Gurunath Meiyappan always had links with bookies in Chennai and Dubai. Read the entire story here.

09.42 hrs: According to CNN IBN, Mumbai Police sources have revealed that Gurunath Meiyappan was betting heavily in the Indian Premier League matches since 2011. The sources also said that he had been placing bets worth Rs 10 lakhs to one crore on matches. The Mumbai Police had also reportedly said that he had bet heavily on three matches of the Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing season.

08.25 hrs: Mumbai Police have claimed that the arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh has revealed names of three players from Chennai Super Kings who he was in touch with, according to a report on Hindustan Times. They also claimed one of them was a senior player. They have refused to name the players and are said to be investigating Vindoo’s claims.

May 23, 2013

21:13 hrs: BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty met Joint CP Himanshu Rai regarding spot-fixing controversy reports CNN IBN. Shetty has assured that BCCI will support police in the enquiry.

20:43 hrs: Gurunath and Vindoo spoke with each other over the phone more than 30 times reports Times Now.

20:03 hrs: Mumbai police yet to take a call whether they will give Gurunath time till Monday reports Times Now. Mumbai police had asked Gurunath to be present on Friday between 11 am to 5 pm.

19:29 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan sends a fax to Mumbai police on 19:15 reports Times Now. Gurunath has assured of full co-operation and said that he is currently out of town. He is reported to be in Delhi currently with his family.

19:13 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh has revealed that Gurunath Meiyappan was betting big this IPL season and has suffered a loss of over Rs 1 crores reports ABP.

19:09 hrs: Former international umpire Dickie Bird says to CNN IBN says that he is stunned. He says that the spot-fixing episode is like a cancer which is spreading more and more.

18:57 hrs: CNN IBN reports that Mumbai police is likely to question Asad Rauf.

18.47 hrs:  Times Now reports that Rauf was in touch with bookies and accepted gifts from them too. He was constantly in touch with actor Vindoo Dara Singh as well.

18.47 hrs:  Times Now reports that Rauf was in touch with bookies and accepted gifts from them too. He was constantly in touch with actor Vindoo Dara Singh as well.

18.45 hrs:  PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf tells Times Now that if the things are not proper in IPL, it is for the IPL management to act and PCB has no information on Asad Rauf.

18.42 hrs: ICC releases press release about Asad Rauf

 According to ICC press release they have dropped Asad Rauf from the upcoming Champions Trophy. Explaining the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy.”

18.30 hrs: Top sponsor threatens to pull out of IPL

Times Now reports that top sponsor threatens to pull out of tournament.

18.30 hrs: Asad Rauf withdrawn by ICC for Champions Trophy

ICC has also withdrawn umpire Asad Rauf from the Champions Trophy.

18.27 hrs: Babu Rao Yadav working for ICC Anti corruption and bookies?

Times Now reports the possibility of ex-cricketer turned bookie Babu Rao Yadav working for ICC Anti corruption unit agent and bookies.

17.02 hrs: IPL 2012 matches fixed?

Firstpost reported bookie Sunil Bhatia gave Rs 12 lakh to Ajit Chandila to fix IPL 2012 matches according to Delhi police. The Delhi police added that Chandila failed to live upto the promise and was asked to return the money. He gave back Rs.4 lakh while cheques for remaining amount bounced.

17.02 hrs: Firstpost reported that BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur has asked not to prempt anything. He has asked to wait till Delhi police comes up with anything concrete.

16.36 hrs: Times Now has reported that Enforcement Directorate has registered case under prevention of money laundering act in IPL spot-fixing scam.

16.12 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh spoke to each other for more than 30 minutes

Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh spoke to each other for more than 30 minutes according to top police officials reports Times Now.

16.02 hrs: Times Now has reported that Mumbai police has given Gurunath deadline to appear till tomorrow else he will be declared a fugitive. According to top Mumbai police sources, Gurunath has to appear between 11 am to 5 pm.

15.28 hrs: Times Now has reported quoting the police sources that Gurunath Meiyappan has been asked to be in Mumbai by Monday.

15.23 hrs: Times Now has reported that Mumbai police has ordered the hotel authorities not to release evidance of CCTV footage to Delhi police.

15.18 hrs: Rajiv Shukla says to CNN IBN that IPL has got a bad name but a few can’t taint every person. When asked if N Srinivasan should step down as a BCCI chief, Shukla says that nothing has been confirmed yet and it would be too presumptious to draw any conclusions at this moment. He also says that the laws will have to be changed and the Parliament shall decide if BCCI is to be brought under the ambit of RTI act.

15.02 hrs: The latest news according to CNN IBN is that the Mumbai Police reached the residence of Gurunath Meiyappan and waited outside for quite some time before finally getting to enter the premises.  Sources, according to the news channels, have said that Meiyappan may not be in Chennai.

14.52 hrs: Sources close to CNN IBN are saying that more players could be under the scanner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The sources also said that the names were brought up after the interrogation of a few bookies.

The police have asked the official broadcasters Set Max for the footage of all the matches that involced Rajasthan Royals.


14.15 hrs: Sakshi Dhoni, wife of Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni tweeted this on Wednesday.




13.25 hrs: CNN IBN reports that another bookie named Akash Garg has been arrested. He was taken into custody at Ajmer in Rajasthan.

11.15 hrs: Mumbai Police to quiz CEO of Chennai Super Kings

According to CNN IBN, a team of Mumbai Police has reached Chennai to quiz Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan in connection with betting.

09.15 hrs: Nine Bookies arrested by Kolkata Police to be presented in Court

The nine bookies arrested by the Kolkata Police will be presented in court on Thursday, reports Times Now.


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