Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Catch bookies, not punters, says Vindoo Dara Singh

Vindoo Dara Singh was released on bail on June 5 © PTI

Mumbai: Jun 6, 2013

18.00 hrs: Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra has been placing bets in the IPL for the last three years, sources in the Delhi Police told Times Now. The TV channel’s sources revealed that Kundra placed bets of Rs 60 lakh last year and Rs 15 lakh this year. Earlier, Kundra had confessed to betting in matches that featured teams other than the Royals.

17.35 hrs: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was released on bail yesterday, claimed innocence in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case. He said that the police have no evidence to link him with the betting scam. He also asked the authorities to arrest the bookies, and not punters.

Asked if police tried to implicate him, Vindu said, “No No, why they will try to implicate me. I didn’t do any crime, I didn’t do any wrong. They needed to know the truth, when they came to know, they let me go.”

Asked about Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra, whose passport was seized after close to 12 hours of questioning by the Delhi Police, Dara Singh said, “Raj Kundra is a friend. He is a good human being. I know him very well. Whenever his team plays, he never says that his team will win. Crores of people bet in India. If you have to stop betting in India then catch the bookies, not the people who bet,” he said.

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16.45 hrs: Sources in the Delh Police on Thursday said that they are unlikely to arrest Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, who admitted to have been involved in Indian Premier League (IPL) betting, if they fail to establish a spot-fixing link.

According to CricketNext, the Delhi Police Special CP, SN Srivastav said, “We are not arresting him as we don’t have enough evidence yet.” However, the police are keeping the option of charging Kundra under the Gambling Act open.

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15.03 hrs: Shilpa Shetty also involved in betting, reports ABP News. Bookie Umesh Goenka told police that both Rajasthan Royals co-owners Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty were involved in betting during the Indian Premier League.

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14.02 hrs: Lalit Modi goes quiet on Twitter

Lalit Modi, who is hyperactive on his blog when attacking N Srinivasan and forces opposed to him, has gone absolutely mum now that the heat is on Rajasthan Royals. An income tax department report on Modi had revealed that he holds a silent stake in three IPL teams — the Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Shilpa Shetty defends her husband Raj Kundra

13.27 hrs: Delhi Police Chief Neeraj Kumar says Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra was involved in betting and that is why they called him for questioning. “He admitted to betting, especially on his own team. He also said he has lost a lot of money during the betting,” said Kumar to the media.

Kumar also said that Umesh Goenka is a bookie and that Kundra placed his bets through him. He added saying that Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi only gave information into the controversy.

12:50 hrs: Shilpa Shetty, has defended her husband Raj Knunda, who is the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals. She said that they haven’t done anything wrong. Times Now also reported her saying that she said that they will co-operate with the police and that Umesh Goenka has misused her husband’s name.

12:15 hrs: Times Now has reported that Gurunath Meiyappan appeared before the Mumbai Crime Branch today. He was granted bail two days ago and by the conditions laid he has to report to the Crime Branch twice a week.

12:00 hrs: Reports have emerged which suggest that Raj Kundra, the co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals has admitted to betting in the Indian Premier League for the past two to three years, NDTV reported. Earlier, he was interrogated by Delhi Police and his passport has been impounded.

Times Now, however, had a conflicting story. They claimed that Kundra had said in his defence that if he was involved he would have made money if he was fixing.

Mumbai: Jun 5, 2013

16.50 hrs: Delhi Police have completed their seven-hour questioning of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra in a special cell, according to Times Now. Kundra was brought face-to-face with player Siddharth Trivedi, who had testified against teammates S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Meanhwile, another co-owner, Umesh Goenka, has been made the prosecution witness in the spot-fixing case, reports CNN IBN. Earlier today, Goenka and Kundra were summoned by the Delhi Police for questioning.

16.15 hrs: CNN IBN reports that the BCCI is set to have it’s next Working Committee meeting on Thursday, June 6, in Kolkata. The last meeting took place on June 2 when President N Srinivasan “stepped aside” and Jagmohan Dalmiya was made interim chief.

14.50 hrs: Times Now reports that Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra’s friend Umesh Goenka was also called up for questioning by the Delhi Police. Kundra was called up for interrogation this morning.

10.40 hrs: According to TV reports, the co-owner of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra, is being questioned by Delhi Police on Wednesday morning. The police summoned Kundra to seek details about accused players in the IPL spot-fixing case and the agreement they had reached with them. Kundra reached Delhi Police’s Special Cell office in Lodhi Road this morning.

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Meanwhile, Times Now reports that punter hotelier Vikram Aggarwal is also set to be questioned by the CB-CID.

Jun 4, 2013

20.30 hrs: Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh blamed the media for spreading wrong information on his involvement in betting and spot-fixing. A furious Vindoo said he has never lied to anyone and has never spoken to any cricketer about spot-fixing. He further lambasted the media saying he would have been released by the police within a day had media not spread rumours about his links with bookies.

Vindoo who was granted bail along with Gurunath Meiyappan, defended the Chennai Super Kings Team Principal that Meiyappan has done no wrong.

Vindoo further expressed his frustration on reports that linked him to Sakshi Dhoni. The Bollywood actor said that sitting besides Sakshi was the biggest mistake he ever did and he felt sorry for her.

17.30 hrs: Underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel have been named as co-accused in the spot-fixing case, Delhi Police sources told Times Now. This development comes after the prosecutors decided to invoke the stringent MCOCA act against all the accused.

17.00 hrs: Spot-fixing accused S Sreesanth has been denied bail by a Mumbai court, reports NDTV. The cricketer’s judicial custody has been extended till June 18. Earlier, the prosecutors invoked the stringent MCOCA act on all the accused in the case.

16.40 hrs: BCCI Vice-President Arun Jaitley told NDTV that he is “not fully satisfied with” the outcome of the BCCI Working Committee meeting on June 2 where N Srinivasan stepped aside and Jagmohan Dalmiya was made interim chief. Jaitley said he “would have been happier with cordial arrangement on day one”.

Jaitley said that he had suggested Shashank Manohar’s name for interim president, but there is “no reason to doubt that Dalmiya will not do a reasonable job. He is a senior administrator committed to the game.”

On the spot-fixing scandal, Jaitley said that “when insiders get into betting , it transforms into fixing and it is a huge challenge. It makes me uneasy.”

13.00 hrs: Reports are coming in that the prosecuters in the spot-fixing case are planning to invoke Maharastra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on all the accused, including cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, after unearthing an underworld link. If this is done, the case will move to a special MCOCA court. The police can thus get a 30-day custody of the accused, as opposed to the present 14-day limit, and the chargesheet can be filed in as many as six months.

11.30 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh, Gurunath Meiyappan and three bookies get bail from a Mumbai court on bonds of Rs 25,000 under certain conditions — they cannot leave the country until the case is over, and they have to give their attendance to the Mumbai Crime Branch when required.

Speaking to Times Now, Vindoo’s lawyer Satish Mane Shinde said, “There is no offense made out in this case. Placing a bet on a sport is not illegal as per the Supreme Court. Keeping Vindoo in custody for 14 days is illegal. I will make sure he is compensated.

Mumbai: Jun 3, 2013

21.40 hrs: Jagmohan Dalmiya spoke to Headlines Today on his interim arrangement as BCCI president. Excerpts from the interview:

On criticism for being made BCCI chief after being thrown out earlier: It is a very uncharitable and uncalled for observation. As far as I’m concerned, it was known to everybody that people came forward and made uncharitable remarks. The board came forward and said that they made a mistake and they have nothing against me. 

On claims that N Srinivasan recommending him for the post was a way of getting him to help free Gurunath Meiyappan:  One can pity this kind of statement. Come forward and show me a single instance how anybody helped me come back. It is a damaging statement and unwelcomed for. I feel quite insulted at being asked these kind of questions.

On Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale:  Unanimously, all members said they should come back. I also made a request.

Priority as interim chief: Cricket is the most lovable and honourable game. It has to be cleaned up. 

Action plan: It is clearly for me to come and look into. It is the joint efforts of everyone [that will achieve the goals]. One cannot come out with solutions in 24 hours. 

Opportunity to come back as permanent chief: I don’t know. One has to wait and see.

On N Srinivasan being BCCI’s representative in ICC: No decision has been taken. As far as continuing anyone [in a post] is concerned, the board will be taking the decision.

Will you leave cricket cleaner than you found it? I will be one of them to try. I hope help comes from every corner.

18.55 hrs: Jagmohan Dalmiya says that he may or may not represent BCCI in ICC meetings. “I will leave no stone unturned to clean up cricket. I was given a responsibility, and I thought I could not shy away,” says Dalmiya.

He also says that the cheerleaders and the IPL after-parties might be removed, but it is too early to make any decision right now.

(With more inputs from PTI)

18.45 hrs: BCCI Working Group Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya says that Sanjay Jagdale has confirmed that he will not return to the BCCI fold. He says that Ajay Shirke, though, has not made up his view yet.

He also says that it is too early to say whether the strategic timeouts in the Indian Premier League have to be removed or not.

17.50 hrs: Mumbai police sources reveal that Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh had tried to contact Kolkata Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore, reports Times Now. Vindoo tried extracting information from Venky, but he was unable to do so.

17.15 hrs: Arun Pandey, owner of Rhiti sports management firm, issues statement saying that India captain MS Dhoni did hold stakes in the company, reports Times Now. But he also says the shares were transferred only for a month.

16.32 hrs: The BCCI probe panel to be formed this week, reports NDTV. Sources also say that Jagmohan Dalmiya will have all financial powers within the BCCI including that of the president, treasurer and secretary. It is also reported that Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale will not return to the BCCI.

16.05 hrs: Indian Premier League CEO Sunder Raman has been called in for questioning by the Delhi police, reports Times Now.

15.30 hrs: The meeting between former BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and the Delhi police has come to an end, reports CNN IBN.

13.55 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh have now sought for bail as they are in judicial custody, reports First Post. They are, however, eligible for it as well. Though the prosecution has opposed their bail plea and is seeking that both of them to be sent to jail till June 14.

11.53 hrs: Dhoni’s conflict of interest?

Economic Times report states that Dhoni has a 15 per cent stake in Rhiti sports management firm which is founded by his close friend Arun Pandey. Four Indian cricketers are managed by the aforementioned firm.

The firm also markets Chennai Super Kings, which is captained by Dhoni.

Kirti Azad on Times Now questioned Dhoni’s conflict of interest as well.

11.36 hrs: Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh sent to judicial custody till June 14

Meiyappan and Vindoo will be sent to Arthur Road jail and their judicial custody has been extended till June 14 reports Times Now.

11.22 hrs: Two KCA officials to meet S Sreesanth

Two officials from the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) will meet jailed cricketer S Sreesanth in Delhi Monday, an official said.

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11.18 hrs: Will Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh’s custody be extended?

Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh are being taken to the court reports Times Now. Mumbai Police are likely to seek extention of their judicial custody.

11.05 hrs: Sanjay Jagdale to meet Delhi Police

Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale called to understand board’s role in pact between Rajasthan Royals and players reports TImes Now. He will meet Delhi Police special cell officials.

Jun 3, 2013

10.15 hrs: Another top bookie arrested

Police have arrested Pune-based bookie Kishore Lalchand Badlani alias Kesu Pune at the Mumbai airport reports Times Now.  He was in constant touch with D-gang members and bookies in Pakistan.

20.34 hrs: Arun Jaitley says it was fair to ask N Srinivasan to step aside

Jaitley says ‘step-aside’ formula was agreed upon by most members to Times Now.

19.47 hrs: Jagmohan Dalmiya says it is too early to ask for Srinivasan’s resignation

Jagmohan Dalmiya told Times Now that it is too early to ask for N Srinivasan’s resignation. He also reiterated that board members did not seek resignation of Srinivasan.

19.18 hrs: Jagmohan Dalmiya says that no one in the BCCI Emergency Working Committee meeting asked for N Srinivasan to resign, reports Times Now.

“In the meeting the main point discussed was of the problems in cricket and how cricket can be cleaned,” said Dalmiya to Times Now. “If Sanjay Jagdale or Ajay Shirke come and participate, they will say tomorrow (Monday), then they will be discharging the duty as treasurer and honorary secretary.”

“Nobody asked for the resignation of Srinivasan from his post as BCCI president. It is not my thinking, it is entirely the Working Committee’s decision. If anyone is responsible then they have to face the problems,” he added.

18.45 hrs: IS Bindra reiterates the fact that he was the only one in the meeting to ask for N Srinivasan to resign as BCCI president, reports NDTV. The Punjab Cricket Association chief says that Ajay Shirke also asked him to resign.

Bindra says the meeting was worse than match-fixing. He added saying that Arun Jaitley asked for either Jagmohan Dalmiya or Shashank Manohar to be handed over the interim chief post. Since Manohar was not present at the meeting, Dalmiya’s name was put forth.

18.27 hrs: Sanjay Jagdale says that the BCCI asked him to return to the board, reports Times Now. He says that N Srinivasan’s decision not to step down as BCCI president is his own decision.

He said that he is hurt by the fact that the meeting did not discuss important issues.

18.06 hrs: N Srinivasan reconfirms that he will not discharge his duties as BCCI president, reports NDTV. He also says that not a single person in the BCCI Emergency Working Committe meeting asked him to resign. He said there was no acrimony in the meeting and that it was smooth

He said he has done nothing wrong and that there is no charge against him and that is why he will not resign. “I am not going to discharge my function till the independent probe ends,” he told NDTV.

“In the meeting the announcement was made and the decision was well recieved by all the members.”

“Ajay Shirke is my best friend, he will let us know tomorrow (Monday) if he will be back in the BCCI,” he said about Shirke. “How the board functions is an internal matter. Jagmohan Dalmiya is an experienced administrator.”

17.52 hrs: The BCCI press release also said that the committee expressed full confidence in Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke and requested them to withdraw their resignation in the larger interest of the board.

17.30 hrs: N Srinivasan announces that he will not discharge his duties as president of BCCI, till such time that the probe is completed, according to BCCI statement released. Jagmohan Dalmiya will conduct the day-to-day affairs of the board as Working Group chief.

Thus the press release confirms that Srinivasan will step aside as BCCI president, but he will not resign.

17.19 hrs: Ajay Shirke says that he walked out of the BCCI Emergency Working Committe meeting in Chennai, reports Times Now. He also says that he was asked to re-attend the meeting.

He also revealed that he and Sanjay Jagdale were asked to return to the BCCI fold and that Jagdale has refused.

Jagdale says he will not withdraw his resignation.

17.13 hrs: Punjab Cricket Association Chief IS Bindra reveals that N Srinivasan will not resign as BCCI president but only step aside, reports Times Now. He also says that only he called for Srinivasan’s resignation in the meeting.

16.56 hrs: The BCCI Emergency Working Committe meeting has concluded in Chennai, reports CNN IBN.

16.45 hrs: The BCCI Emergency Working Committe meeting has been adjourned for a second time, reports Times Now. Reports also reveal that Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale have refused to return to the meeting.

16.35 hrs: Anurag Thakur and Arun Jaitley propose Jagmohan Dalmiya’s name to become the interim president of the BCCI, reports NDTV. Ajay Shirke wants N Srinivasan to resign on moral grounds.

16.22 hrs: The BCCI Working Committee meeting in Chennai has been adjourned for now, reports Times Now. Jagmohan Dalmiya is the new working group chief. Srinivasan will only step aside and not resign. Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale have refused to come back into the BCCI fold under the current circumstances.

The meeting was adjourned after Mumbai Cricket Association Chief Ravi Sawant raised objections about the meeting.

16.13 hrs: N Srinivasan says that if he resigns as BCCI president then it will set a bad precedent to everyone, reports CNN IBN.

16.11 hrs: Members of the BCCI in the meeting in Chennai say that they will all resign if N Srinivasan does not step down completely from his post as BCCI president, reports Times Now.

16.07 hrs: Board members in the BCCI emergency Working Committee meeting have called it illegal as the three-day notice was not given, reports CNN IBN.

15.52 hrs: Shashank Manohar says that there is no provision for any interim president of the BCCI currently, reports Times Now. Manohar is one of the reported candidates to take over if N Srinivasan resigns.

15.45 hrs: N Srinivasan says he will not step down but only step aside, reports CNN IBN. Sources also say that Srinivasan is refusing to step aside till his nominees are appointed as BCCI treasurer and secretary.

15.25 hrs: Agitated member of the BCCI have asked N Srinivasan to resign from his post as president, reports CNN IBN. Sources say that tempers fly in the BCCI emergency Working Committee meeting in Chennai. Members at the meet say if Srinivasan doesn’t step down then there’s no option but to call a Special General Body meeting.

15.15 hrs: Ajay Shirke has refused to return to the BCCI fold if N Srinivasan only steps aside rather than stepping down as president, reports Times Now. The BCCI board asks Srinivasan to resign completely and wants Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale to return.

14.54 hrs: Former BCCI Secretary Jaywant Lele says that if N Srinivasan resigns as BCCI president then only a member of the board can become the interim president, reports NDTV.

14.47 hrs: Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale likely to be reinstated in the BCCI, reports Times Now. Shirke and Jagdale resigned as treasurer and honorary secretary of the BCCI respectively on Friday.

14.42 hrs: The BCCI emergency Working Committee meeting begins in Chennai. Anurag Thakur, Arun Jaitley and Rajeev Shukla take part in the meeting through a video conference.

(With more inputs from PTI)

14.32 hrs: BCCI Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur says that they will take all steps necessary in the interest of the board, reports NDTV. He also says that no individual is bigger than the organization and that one should step down in the best interest of the game.

13.56 hrs: Ajay Shirke arrives in Chennai for the BCCI’s emergency Working Committee meeting, reports CNN IBN. Shirke had resigned as the BCCI treasurer on Friday along with Sanjay Jagdale, who resigned from his post as honorary secretary.

13.42 hrs: Jagmohan Dalmiya emerges as the front-runner to become the interim BCCI president, reports Times Now. The former BCCI president might take over from N Srinivasan until the elections are held in September later this year. Dalmiya is currently the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal. It is also reported that Srinivasan is stepping aside rather than stepping down.

13.20 hrs: N Srinivasan meets with chiefs of Mumbai and Vidarbha cricket associations, reports Times Now

BCCI President N Srinivasan meets with Mumbai Cricket Association Chief Ravi Sawant and Vidarbha Cricket Association Chief Prakash Dixit.

13.02 hrs: Shivlal Yadav open to become interim president of BCCI, reports NDTV

BCCI Vice-President Shivlal Yadav says he is interested in becoming the interim president. According to BCCI constitution Yadav qualifies for the post since he is the vice-president from the South Zone. If a president from the South Zone fails to complete his tenure, the vice-president stands to takeover as interim president.

12.54 hrs: N Srinivasan agrees to step down as BCCI President, reports Times Now

BCCI President N Srinivasan agrees to step down from his post. Interim President might take over till elections are held in September this year.

12.43 hrs: Sanjay Jagdale says he might attend BCCI Working Committee meeting, reports Times Now

“Since I have resigned I should not be part of the BCCI. Those who are there are capable. There have been requests for me to be part of the meeting through video conferencing. I probably will be part of it,” Jagdale told Times Now.

He also said that he has no problems with N Srinivasan.

“I don’t have any problems with N Srinivasan. I have not discussed any decision with him. It is his own decision,” he added on whether the BCCI President should or should not resign.

12.24 hrs: IS Bindra says security code breached during India’s tour to Sri Lanka in 2010

Punjab Cricket Association President IS Bindra has created a fresh controversy by claiming that a BCCI official had arm-twisted the Sri Lankan board to withdraw a report which violated the anti-corruption regulations during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010.

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12.08 hrs: IS Bindra says there is no point in BCCI meeting if N Srinivasan does not resign, reports NDTV

11.20 hrs: BCCI President N Srinivasan says he gave no terms for resignation, reports Times Now

11.00 hrs: N Srinivasan changes stance on Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale, reports Times Now

BCCI President N Srinivasan, who reportedly did not want Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday, has changed his stance on them.

It is reported that even if they attend the meeting it would be through video conferencing.

10.35 hrs: N Srinivasan to step aside as BCCI President until spot-fixing probe ends, reports Times Now

10.20 hrs: IS Bindra says N Srinivasan must resign, reports Times Now

Punjab Cricket Association head IS Bindra wants N Srinivasan to resign as BCCI President in the best interest of the game.

10.00 hrs: Arun Jaitley not keen on becoming BCCI President, reports CNN IBN

BCCI Vice-President Arun Jaitley is not interested in becoming BCCI President in Lok Sabha general election year. Jaitley along with Rajeev Shukla and Anurag Thakur will attend Sunday’s Working Committee meeting via video conference.


9.45 hrs: Ajay Shirke might attend the BCCI’s Working Committee meeting, reports NDTV

Ajay Shirke, who resigned as BCCI Treasurer on Friday, might attend the BCCI’s Working Committee meeting on Sunday as head of the Maharashtra Cricket body.

8.57 hrs: N Srinivasan asked to step down as BCCI President unconditionally, reports CNN IBN

BCCI sources say they still have not come to a decision as to who will replace N Srinivasan if he resigns. Sources also say Shashank Manohar is not willing to become interim president.

8.39 hrs: N Srinivasan rejects request for Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale to attend BCCI meeting

Times Now reports that BCCI President N Srinivasan was requested by senior officials to let Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale to attend the emergency working committee meeting on Sunday.

But Srinivasan has rejected the request.

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