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.