IPL match-fixing scandal: Gurunath Meiyappan and N Srinivasan blow-by-blow

Feb 10 2014, 15:51 IST
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Mumbai police had chargesheeted Chennai Super Kings's former Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan in IPL betting scandal in late September 2013. (AP) Mumbai police had chargesheeted Chennai Super Kings's former Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan in IPL betting scandal in late September 2013. (AP)
SummaryMumbai police had chargesheeted Chennai Super Kings's former Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan in IPL betting scandal in late September 2013.

Mumbai police had chargesheeted Chennai Super Kings's former Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan in IPL betting scandal in late September 2013.

Meiyappan was chargesheeted along with actor Vindoo Dara Singh and 20 others by Mumbai police in the IPL betting case for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy, four months after the scandal rocked the cricketing world.

Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and 15 alleged bookies from that country were named as wanted accused in the 11,500-page chargesheet filed by the crime branch in the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate Uday Padwad.

Meiyappan, son in law of N Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside as BCCI president after the spot fixing and betting scandal broke out in May 2013, was charged under section 66A of the Information Technology Act, sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act.

He was also charged under sections 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 490 (breach of contract), 420 (cheating), 212 (harbouring the offender), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The scam came to light when police arrested bookies Ramesh Vyas, Ashok Vyas and Pandurang Kadam from the city in May 2013 and recovered 92 mobile phones, 18 SIM cards, a laptop among other equipment. Thirty of these phones were used to facilitate contacts with bookies in India, Pakistan and Dubai through conference calls made by Vyas.

As the probe progressed, Vindoo's name surfaced and he was found to be in touch with the bookies. It was through Vindoo that Meiyappan was alleged to have placed bets on IPL matches.

Meiyappan was alleged to have given critical information including those related to the team strategy and composition to Vindoo, who passed those on to the bookies.

35-year-old Meiyappan was arrested on May 25 after a three-hour grilling by the Crime Branch.

The former honcho of CSK, twice IPL champions, was in the eye of a huge storm after actor and TV reality show winner Vindoo admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.

Vindoo, winner of reality show Bigg Boss season 3, was allegedly in "frequent touch" with Meiyappan during the IPL matches and was claimed to have told the Crime Branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.

Meiyappan and Vindoo were granted bail on June

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