Meiyappan unlikely to be quizzed in betting case before IPL 6 ends

  • Updated: May 24, 2013, 7:50 AM IST

New Delhi: The widening net in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case continues to grow by the day. Actor Vindoo Dara Singh's interrogation, which first brought the focus on Chennai Super Kings CEO and BCCI chief N Srinavasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, has now also reached Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf.

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the ICC said, "It is in Asad's best interest as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."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.

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