IPL match-fixing scandal: Gurunath Meiyappan won bets on Chennai Super Kings, lost on other teams, says police

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 10 2014, 21:23pm hrs
IPL match-fixing scandal: Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan and the head of the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, allegedly placed large bets on matches involving his team as well as those of other teams in the league.

While he generally won bets he placed on CSK matches, he often suffered losses on matches of other teams, Mumbai Police sources claimed Saturday.

Crime Branch officers investigating the IPL spot-fixing case said that since Gurunath Meiyappan was privy to the team composition in CSK matches and injuries to players, it was necessary to ascertain whether he passed on inside information that could have been used for placing bets.

At this stage, we are aware that Gurunath Meiyappan had placed large bets on IPL matches, and we are definitely aware that one of the persons he placed these bets through was Vindoo, a Crime Branch officer had said, referring to Vindoo Randhawa, the small-time actor son of wrestler-actor Dara Singh, who is also in custody for his alleged role in the racket.

Maybe there were others he placed bets through. Being closely associated with the team, it was not easy for him to be directly talking to bookies as he would have been exposed. Therefore, he used Vindoo as a go-between or conduit, he had alleged.

The officers claimed that Gurunath Meiyappan had admitted to having placed bets through Vindoo. Meiyappan was betting on CSK, as well as on other teams. While he generally won on CSK matches, he had suffered losses on bets placed on other teams. He had placed bets ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. He has also placed bets during past seasons of the IPL, he had added.

Meiyappan was confronted with Vindoo at the Mumbai Police headquarters Saturday evening after being remanded in police custody until May 29 2013 by a local court. Crime Branch sources said Meiyappan claimed that he suspects that Vindoo was using him to extract inside information.

There is a clear difference between an ordinary punter placing bets and a person who has knowledge of the composition of a team, the seriousness of an injury to a particular player and whether such a player will take the field. In such a situation, we need to investigate deeply and thoroughly whether such information has in any way been used for placing bets. We will obviously take a different view on Meiyappan as compared to a person who is placing bets without inside information, police had said.

Crime Branch sources scrutinised records of calls exchanged between Vindoo and Meiyappan to ascertain whether they were in touch with each other during the four strategic time-outs in IPL matches.

If it is found that Meiyappan and Vindoo had exchanged several calls that coincide with the timing of strategic time-outs during IPL matches, this would have serious implications, police said.