It’s a peculiar scenario where International Cricket Council (ICC) sends out a warning to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about the conduct of an Indian Premier League (IPL) bigwig, and Srinivasan and Co remain oblivious. But the man the advisement is about is well aware that he is being watched, and even speaks about this to his partner in crime.
The IPL bigwig is none other than Gurunath Meiyappan, and the person he confided in was actor Vindu Dara Singh. Mumbai Crime Branch has in its possession interception of a conversation in April between the duo in which Guru claimed he was tipped off by a source in ICC to be on his toes, as he was on the radar of the cricket body’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
So, while Meiyappan was ostensibly informed by someone with connections to ICC, the former realised what the warning was for and did not dare to ask for more details. “Though Gurunath was warned before IPL 6 began in April, he continued to stay in touch with Vindu and got into trouble,” said a source from Mumbai Crime Branch.
Meanwhile, Meiyappan, Vindu and bookie Prem Taneja were all presented in court by Crime Branch’s property cell yesterday and they were remanded in police custody till June 3. Cops had also summoned Chennai hotelier Vikram Agarwal, a close friend of Meiyappan, who was allegedly in touch with bookie Jupiter. “We are recording his statement and only after that will we take a call on arresting him,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Himanshu Roy.
Hopes rest on Tinku Delhi: Mumbai cops
Mumbai police has managed to get the custody of bookie Tinku Delhi from cops in the Capital, and will produce him in court today. Sources in Crime Branch said that officially no new information is expected from the bookies who have been arrested, unless they get some details from Tinku. Cops here are also likely to secure the custody of bookmaker Paresh Asorcota alias Bhatia, who was arrested from a rented Candolim bungalow in Goa, and might interrogate all these people together.
Excerpts from the conversation
Guru: Be careful while talking as I have information that some agency is keeping a tab on me
Vindu: What? I don’t believe it!
Which agency? ICC?
Guru: Don’t ask me, but somebody has warned me. Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of ICC