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Meiyappan says he was warned by ICC official: Sources

Smitha Nair | Updated: June 1, 2013, 10:29 AM IST

Mumbai: Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) President Gurunath Meiyappan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan claims that someone called Terry from the International Cricket Council (ICC) had warned him about the report on his links with bookies in April when IPL 6 was starting, Mumbai Police sources say.

Mumbai Police suspects Terry could be an official of the ICC anti-corruption unit. Meiyappan also claims that the warning was given to him orally, but was not formally sent to the BCCI. Sources ays Mumbai Police is probing why the ICC did not formally inform the BCCI of the suspecion about Meiyappan.

In a startling revelation on Friday evening it came to light that the (ICC) had warned the BCCI over the involvement of Meiyappan with bookies after the start of IPL 6 in April.

CNN-IBN accessed the transcripts of conversation between Vindoo Dara Singh and Meiyappan, both of whom have been arrested by the police in the betting scandal that has tarnished the image of Indian cricket in the past two weeks.

The transcripts show Meiyappan warning Vindoo to be careful about his dealings. They also show Meiyappan telling Vindoo that he could be under ICC's watch.

The transcripts show the former CSK boss giving specific orders to Vindoo on amounts to be placed. Meiyappan's instructions were also about specific players in other IPL teams playing on a day. It also shows Meiyappan was even instructing bets on specific runs in an over.

It is also revealed that someone in the BCCI had tipped off Meiyappan regarding the ICC warning, which in itself is a crime under Indian laws.

The latest revelations have raised certain questions that why did the BCCI ignore ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's specific information? Why did the BCCI not act against Meiyappan as soon as ICC gave them specific information?

The development has also brought the entire BCCI administration under suspicion of keeping mum.

Meiyappan, also a top official of the CSK, was arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud.

On Friday, the custody of Vindoo and Meiyappan was extended till June 3. The Mumbai Police had argued that further custody was necessary to complete their investigations at a Mumbai court where they had been produced.

The Mumbai Police said that they confronted Meiyappan with the contents of his diary, which contained notations of several meetings.

First Published: June 1, 2013, 10:29 AM IST

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