Meiyappan arrested, defiant Srinivasan refuses to resign

Updated: May 25, 2013, 12:12 AM IST
Meiyappan arrested, defiant Srinivasan refuses to resign

New Delhi: 1.28 am: BCCI chief N Srinivasan denies reports, saying, "Who has said I am resigning?"

1.02 am: Sources say that BCCI chief N Srinivasan is likely to resign on Saturday afternoon. Arun Jaitley will most likely be asked to take over as interim president of BCCI, the sources add.

12.50 am: Joint CP Himanshu Roy refuses to mention the sections under which Meiyappan has been arrested. He, however, repeats that Meiyappan will be produced in court within 24 hours and that he was placed under arrest after the police came to the conclusion that Meiyappan was involved in the betting offence.

12.30 am: Meiyappan's lawyer PS Raman says, "We are exploring all legal possibilities."

12.09 am: Vindoo Dara Singh brought face-to-face with Meiyappan for questioning.

12.07 am: BCCI Disciplinary Committee chief Arun Jaitley refuses to comment on Meiyappan's arrest, saying, "Why should I react?"

12.06 am: BCCI Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur says, "The police is doing its job."

12.02 am: Lalit Modi says, "I admit I created a monster. The Governing Council must terminate the contract of Chennai Super Kings. N Srinivasan must be unceremoniously sacked." He adds that it will be a disgrace if Chennai Super Kings is allowed to play the final.

Friday, 11.53 pm: Mumbai Crime Branch arrests Gurunath Meiyappan after questioning. He will be produced in court in the mandated 24 hours. Himanshu Roy, Jt CP, Crime, said, "We find his involvement in the offence. He will now be arrested. He will be produced before a magistrate within 24 hours."

11.27 pm: Mumbai Police claims Meiyappan is being evasive during questioning.

10.30 pm: Sources say Mumbai Police will likely confront Meiyappan with arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh.

8.50 pm: Gurunath Meiyappan taken to Mumbai Crime Branch office for questioning.

8.14 pm: Gurunath Meiyappan has been escorted out of Mumbai airport by the police. He will be taken to Crawford Market police station where he will be confronted with Vindoo Dara Singh.

8.00 pm: Meiyappan has not been detained, Mumbai Police said. They will question him over IPL spot-fixing too, sources said.

7.31 pm: Gurunath Meiyappan reaches Mumbai to join police probe. Meiyappan will be taken to Crawford Market police station for questioning. Vindoo Dara Singh is also reportedly in the same lock-up. Sources say the police plan to confront the two.

6.24 pm: Delhi Police sources say that it has been confirmed that Mohammad Yahya had approached a number of players in IPL 6 and that the players belonged not just to Rajasthan Royals but also to other franchises as well. The sources said that Yahya was acting as a conduit between bookies and fixers. Yahya has been heavily involved with this year's IPL, they add.

6.08 pm: G Meiyappan leaves for Mumbai by special plane from Madurai in response to summons by police for questioning in connection with IPL betting scam.

6.01 pm: Sahara chief Subrata Roy said that NCP chief and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar was the apt man for the post. Calling for N Srinivasan's resignation, Subrata also said that he will not return to the IPL unless the BCCI team changed.

5.23 pm: While at 4.50 pm, Meiyappan's Twitter handle clearly said, "Team Principal, Chennai Super Kings,", twenty minutes later, after it was reported by CNN-IBN, the information had been removed and the Twitter handle said, "Managing Director, AVM productions and entertainment, AVM studios, AVM constructions."

5.10 pm: Arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh has been sent to police custody till May 28.

4:51 pm: Former ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya says, "Watching developments closely, will comment after the final match."

4:47 pm: India Cements issues a statement clarifying that Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor CEO/Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings. "Mr Gurunath is only one of the members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings. India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately. India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities," says the statement. However, the Twitter handle of Meiyappan states that he is the "Team Principal, Chennai Super Kings".

4:38 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says, "I don't want to comment. It is no more a sports, it is a game and there are many games being played under IPL. It's business. They have commercialised it and it is no more sports. We feel bad about it. Sports should be left to sportsmen only."

4.31 pm: Sources say that the BCCI is consulting the rulebook to decide on the future of CSK franchise. Sources say that CSK faces termination if Gurunath is arrested by the Mumbai Police. The rulebook states that a franchise can be terminated if it fails to match certain defined criteria. The franchise can be terminated if the owner acts in any way that has an adverse effect on the IPL's reputation.

4:25 pm: NCP spokesperson DP Tripathi says if BCCI Chief N Srinivasan is an honest man, he should step down.

4:14 pm: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh reaches court. Mumbai Police is likely to seek extension of his custody.

4:02 pm: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh has been taken to court as his custody ends.

3:20 pm: The government has brainstormed on the new anti-fixing law and some strict measures now seem to be in the pipeline. Sources say that fixing will be made non-bailable and will invite a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.

Sources are indicating that the new law will be modeled on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), a strict law, under which the burden of proof rests with the accused. The law will also have some elements of the Money Laundering Act provisions. Under the Money Laundering Act, anyone found guilty can be given rigorous punishment from three to seven years.

3:13 pm: According to the IPL rulebook, the Chennai Super Kings will be scrapped from the IPL if its CEO Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested.

3:08 pm: BCCI chief N Srinivasan will step down if his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested, say sources.

3:02 pm: CNN-IBN has learnt that Gurunath Meiyappan will leave in a private flight from Madurai at 5 pm today and will reach Mumbai at 7:30 pm.

2:06 pm: Sources say the Mumbai Police has strong evidence against Gurunath Meiyappan audio CDs of his conversations with Vindoo Dara Singh and also CCTV footage of the meetings between the two.

1:38 pm: Sources say if in the course of questioning Gurunath Meiyappan, it appears that there is some truth in Vindoo Dara Singh's claims, and the police manage to establish complicity, the police may even go ahead and place Meiyappan under arrest.

1:30 pm: CSK CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has left for Madurai to take a flight to Mumbai while his father-in-law and BCCI chief N Srinivasan stays back in Kodaikanal.

1:16 pm: Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has left with his father-in-law and BCCI chief N Srinivasan from their Kodaikanal residence. Sources say they will take a flight to Mumbai from the Madurai airport. Sources say Meiyappan consulted his lawyers and has decided to appear for questioning by the Mumbai Police.

12:20: BCCI Disciplinary Committee chief Arun Jaitley met IPL chief Rajeev Shukla over IPL spot-fixing scandal. Rajeev Shukla said the two leaders met Law Minister Kapil Sibal and asked him to bring a strong law to stop spot-fixing at the earliest.

12:15 pm: While there is no clarity as to where Meiyappan is, his father-in-law and BCCI chief N Srinivasan is in Kodaikanal.

11:54 am: An alleged cricket bookie was nabbed from the international airport in Hyderabad by a Delhi Police team in the early hours on Friday. "One person identified as Yahya Mohammad has been picked up from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in connection with the cricket betting racket by the Delhi Police team in the wee hours," a senior police official said.

11:39 am: The Mumbai Police has rejected Gurunath Meiyappan's plea to appear for questioning on Monday, according to sources. Police sources say Meiyappan has to appear for questioning by 5 pm today.

11:20 am: Mumbai Police sources are now indicating that they will not entertain Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan's request for extension of the deadline to appear for questioning. Mumbai Police sources say Meiyappan must adhere to today's 5 pm deadline to appear for questioning.

9:41 am: Arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh is being taken to the Mumbai Police office. His custody ends today and sources say the police will seek an extension of his custody.

9:16 am: More shocking revelations are coming out from the probe into the Indian Premier League illegal betting scandal and also the spot-fixing scandal. Mumbai Police sources now say Chennai Super Kings CEO and BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan started placing bets on IPL matches in 2011. Sources say actor Vindoo Dara Singh's interrogation has revealed that Gurunath started with bets of Rs 10 lakh that went upto Rs 1 crore per match. Sources also add that Gurunath placed bets on three CSK matches this season and also placed bets on other games.

8:50 am: The Delhi Police has made it clear that no foreign player is involved in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. "No foreign player's name has come up in our investigation," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said. He said 12 bookies and three players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - have been arrested so far in the case.

Gurunath Meiyappan was served summons by the Mumbai Police on Thursday to appear before investigators in Mumbai. Meiyappan though has asked for time till Monday. He is alleged to have been involved in cricket betting. Sources have told CNN-IBN that he is unlikely to be questioned till the IPL is over.

Meanwhile, according to the police, the call records of Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested in the IPL betting case on Tuesday, indicated he had made several calls to Chennai and some to Meiyappan. Vindoo Dara Singh's custody also ends on Friday.

All through Thursday, even as dramatic scenes were witnessed at the residence Meiyappan, his whereabouts remained unknown. Besides serving a notice at Gurunath's residence, a copy was also served to a manager in his office.

Sources said that Vindoo on Thursday dropped several names during his interrogation, including those of film stars. However, no star is likely to be summoned as his claims haven't been verified yet, the police said. The focus is on Meiyappan as police have corroborative evidence against him.

With the focus now on Meiyappan, pressure is also growing on BCCI chief N Srinivasan to either step down or come clean in his conflict of interest. Former Vice President of BCCI Kamal Morarka spoke to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai and said separate functioning of the BCCI and the IPL will help in bringing more transparency.

ICC withdraws Asad Rauf from Chamions Trophy

In a dramatic turn of events, the ICC On Thursday withdrew Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the Champions Trophy being held in England in June. Police sources told CNN-IBN that Rauf will be questioned over gifts received from a Jaipur bookie.

The Rauf link also emerged from the interrogation of actor Vindoo Dara Singh. In its official communication the ICC said, "It is in Asad's best interest as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."

Rauf was also involved in a controversy in August 2012 when model and starlet Leena Kapoor accused him of going back on his promise to marry her and also filed a complaint; however, Rauf denied such claims saying that she was only an "acquaintance". Kapoor later withdrew her complaint.

It's Delhi Police vs Mumbai Police in IPL scandal probe

The expected turf battle between the Delhi and Mumbai Police began in earnest. The Delhi Police wrote to their Mumbai counterparts asking that evidence collected from Sreesanth's hotel room be handed over. The Mumbai Police, however, declined, saying it was part of their probe in the arrest of bookie Ramesh Vyas.

In Delhi, meanwhile, the police claimed cricketer Ajit Chandila had taken Rs 12 lakh as advance to spot-fix a game in IPL 5. However, he couldn't carry it out and returned the amount through three cheques, two of which bounced and one was encashed. The police have now seized the bounced cheques. But while the case against Chandila seems to be progressing, it's the one against Sreesanth which will be their real test.

(With additional information from PTI)

First Published: May 25, 2013, 12:12 AM IST

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