India Cement-owned CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan chargesheeted for indulging in illegal betting

Express news service Posted online: Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : Mumbai police on Saturday chargesheeted Chennai Super Kings's former Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan in IPL betting scandal.

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. Also Read: First match was fixed, then Gurunath Meiyappan placed huge bets, say police

Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and 15 alleged bookies from that country have been 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 this year, has been charged under section 66A of the Information Technology Act, sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act. Shekhar Gupta's column: The giant fix

He has also been 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. Also Read: BCCI suspends Gurunath Meiyappan

According to sources, Meiyappan and Vindoo, son of actor Dara Singh, and others have been charged only for betting and not spot fixing.

The scam came to light when police arrested bookies Ramesh Vyas, Ashok Vyas and Pandurang Kadam from the city in May 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. Also Read: Vindoo tried to elicit spot-fixing 'tips' from KKR CEO

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.

The Crime Branch has annexed call data records of conversations between Vindoo and Meiyappan in the chargesheet.

Meiyappan and Vindoo were granted bail on June 3.

According to the Crime Branch, key bookie brothers Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur, had sent gifts to Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who officiated in IPL season 6.

The anticipatory bail pleas of Sanjay and Pawan were recently rejected by the Bombay High Court, which has granted them time to approach the Supreme Court.

"Rauf was supposed to collect costly shoes and dress materials from Delhi, but he didn't take them after being apparently tipped off. The gifts were sent by Jaipur brothers during the IPL," according to the Crime Branch, which claimed that Rauf, who left India in a hurry after his name cropped up in the betting racket, was hand-in-glove with the bookies.

Srinivasan distances himself from Meiyappan

BCCI President N Srinivasan sought to distance himself from his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan saying that law will take its course in the matter.

"This is a matter for Mr Gurunath Meiyappan to deal with. If he is chargesheeted, the law will take its own course. He has been suspended so he has got nothing to do with the game," Srinivasan said.

"It is upto him to defend his position, it has got nothing to do with me," he added.

Srinivasan, who has remained defiant despite being stepping aside, reiterated that he would contest the BCCI Presidential election during the September 29 Annual General Meeting in Chennai.

"I will chair the meeting as President and inspite of what you (the media) feel, I may get elected," he said. Also Read: Srinivasan to contest BCCI polls

The IPL spot-fixing controversy broke out in May with the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by the Delhi Police for conceding a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers.

Sreesanth and Chavan were recently slapped with life bans by the BCCI.

The BCCI also handed out a five-year ban to Royals' Amit Singh, while another Rajasthan cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got a one-year suspension.

There was no decision on Chandila, who recently got out on bail. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon.