The Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s chargesheet in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case has alleged that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, shared several details about CSK’s team strategy as well as information about other teams with bookie Virendra Randhawa alias Vindoo Dara Singh, the son of late actor Dara Singh.
The 11,609-page chargesheet states how Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf not only leaked insider information about IPL matches to bookies but also placed bets himself.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch filed chargesheets against 22 arrested accused and 24 wanted accused, which includes 16 Pakistani nationals.
All accused have been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for conspiracy, cheating, forgery, along with sections of the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act and the Information Technology Act.
All of them, including Meiyappan, were present in the court to collect a copy of their respective chargesheet.
The chargesheet includes statements from 205 witnesses, interrogation reports of 22 arrested accused, including bookies from Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur and Delhi.
The police has recorded statements of four cricket enthusiasts who have claimed to have been cheated after watching the cricket match played on May 15 at Wankhede stadium. Of the 11,608 pages, nearly 8,000 pages comprise Call Data Records of the accused.
Apart from befriending Meyiappan and using him to get insider information about the IPL to use in betting, Vindoo is also alleged to have helped the Jaipur brothers — Pawan and Sanjay flee to Dubai when the crackdown started.
He acted as a host for the brothers, putting them up at the Novotel and the Oakwood hotels in western Mumbai, and dropped them off at the airport.
Aaj Zindagi ki haar-Jeet kar Lo Mumbai par : Rauf to Vindoo
Chennai Super Kingpin
CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan, according to the chargesheet, is alleged to have leaked crucial information about the strategy of his team and several other pieces of information about ongoing and future matches, and even using it for placing bets. This is one step short of fixing.
On May 12, for the match between Rajasthan Royals and CSK in Jaipur, Meiyappan allegedly told Vindoo Dara Singh that his team would make between 130 to 140 runs. CSK made a total of 141 runs and lost