Top BCCI official was in touch with Vindoo Dara Singh since ICC World Cup 2011

Questions arise now whether Vindoo Dara Singh’s (right) cricketing contacts went beyond suspended Chennai Super Kings’ boss Gurunath Meiyappan © PTI

Mumbai: Jun 1, 2013
 
A senior Mumbai police official said on Friday that a top cricket administrator, working with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), was in touch with the jailed actor Vindoo Dara Singh. In a fresh set of revelations, the police official said that Vindoo and the top administrator had numerous conversations, dating back to 2011.
 
Questions arise now whether Vindoo’s cricketing contacts went beyond suspended Chennai Super Kings’ boss Gurunath Meiyappan.
 
However, the police didn’t reveal the name of the administrator, as reported in Economics Times.
 
The official also said that Vindoo has been involved in betting since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. His call records revealed that he had numerous conversations with a top cricket administrator.
 
Earlier, it was revealed that Gurunath Meiyappan was warned by International Cricket Council (ICC) to keep away from bookies at the start of IPL 2013, pushing his father-in-law and BCCI President N Srinivasan further into the corner as the chorus for his ouster grew.
 
On the other front, pressure mounted on Srinivasan with three top BCCI officials reportedly asking him to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the current crisis. An early meeting of the BCCI is not ruled out, sources said.
 
They said Gurunath did not use the word bookies apparently because it was obvious to him and to the police that he was dealing with a bookie like Vindoo Dara Singh and allegedly placing bets.
 
“Be careful, I have been warned,” Meiyappan had told actor Vindoo, who is also under arrest in the case.
 
This is a part of Meiyappan’s statement to the crime branch, the source said, adding that Vindoo has corroborated it.
 
The source declined to reveal the name of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) official and said they were yet to corroborate it with the ICC.
 
“We are yet to corroborate Meiyappan’s statement with ICC and we at the moment don’t even know if any person by that name [given by Meiyappan] exists,” he said.
 
The ACSU keeps players, team members and umpires under surveillance in order to check malpractices in the game.
 
Crime Branch sources said that at no stage BCCI was informed about the “dubious” activities of Meiyappan.
 
“The ACSU official was in direct communication with Meiyappan. BCCI was not informed about it,” they said.
 
Sources said when Meiyappan was asked why such warning was issued to him, he replied “probably because of the company [Vindoo and other bookies] I kept.”
 
When contacted, Srinivasan said that the BCCI did not receive any warning from ICC on Gurunath or anybody else. He said he had checked with BCCI officials who also told him that there was no such warning to them.
 
BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur also said there was no such communication from ICC to the Board.
 
The ICC, on its part, refused to go into the issue of purported warning to Gurunath.
 
“The ICC’s ACSU is providing its full support to the BCCI and India Police in the ongoing investigations,” an ICC spokesman said when contacted about the Mumbai Police’s claim.

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