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Gurunath Meiyappan, head of the Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, used to place “huge bets” on IPL matches after fixing the game, Mumbai Police had then revealed in a metropolitan court in May, 2013.
Gurunath Meiyappan, the CSK team principal shared inside information about the Chennai franchise with bookies to make money, the Mumbai Crime Branch had told the court. “First a particular match was fixed, then Gurunath used to place huge bets on those matches,” the Crime Branch had said in its remand application
Public prosecutor Wajid Sheikh then told the court that even during the matches, a large number of calls were made by Gurunath Meiyappan to arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who would then call bookies Jupiter, Pawan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur asking them to place the bets.
The remand application said the Crime Branch investigated Gurunath Meiyappan’s relations with controversial Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf who was allegedly in touch with bookies. Police also scanned financial arrangement between Vindoo and Meiyappan.
“Cricket is a natural game but they make it unnatural,” Sheikh had said.
Defence counsel Abad Ponda had then replied that Meiyappan’s arrest was illegal, indicating if a person appears before the police pursuant to summons, he cannot be arrested. “Moreover, there is no wrongful gain and nobody was cheated. In fact, Gurunath lost money”.
Speaking to mediapersons therafter, Joint Commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy said that as per the normal procedure, police would search the premises owned by Meiyappan to gather evidence. Meiyappan, he had said, was placing bets through Vindoo, not only on matches involving his own team but other IPL entities as well for the last two years. He had added though Meiyappan had lost Rs 1 crore through betting in the current IPL season, he mostly won when he betted on matches involving the Chennai franchise.
Roy had said Meiyappan used to facilitate Vindoo’s entry into the VIP hospitality box during CSK’s matches. Vindoo, he said, also personally knew several players of Kolkata Knight Riders. He had further claimed that Rauf “fled” India on being tipped off by Vindoo about an impending crackdown after the spot-fixing scandal was exposed with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players.
He revealed Mumbai police had seized a ‘gift parcel’ containing high-end watches, denims and T-shirts that one of the bookies who Vindoo had reportedly helped escape to Dubai had sent to Rauf from Delhi airport’s cargo terminal.