Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan and owner of Chennai Super Kings, was arrested on Friday night for his alleged involvement in IPL betting scandal, raising serious doubts about continuance of the franchise in IPL.
Meiyappan was arrested after nearly two-and-a-half hours of questioning that began at 9.30 pm.
"We have interrogated Gurunath based on information we have. We found his involvement in the offence related to IPL betting case we have registered. We have placed him under arrest," Joint Commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.
Roy said Meiyappan will be produced before a metropolitan court on Saturday.
The 35-year-old top honcho of CSK, twice IPL champions, was in the eye of a huge storm after actor Vindu Dara Singh, arrested for his alleged links to bookies, admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.
Vindu, winner of reality show ‘Bigg Boss 3’ and son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was allegedly in "frequent touch" with Meiyappan during the IPL matches and was claimed to have told Mumbai crime branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.
The crime branch, according to sources, had call data records of conversations between Vindoo and Meiyappan and they are learnt to have confronted the two with the transcripts.
The 35-year-old Gurunath was summoned by Mumbai Police for questioning after actor Vindu implicated him in betting.
Gurunath flew to Mumbai by a chartered aircraft from Madurai a little after missing the 5 pm deadline set by police for questioning.
Gurunath reached Mumbai late in the evening accompanied by noted Chennai lawyer P S Raman.
He was taken from the Mumbai airport to the Crime Branch headquarters and subjected to interrogation before being arrested.
Distancing itself from Gurunath Meiyappan after his name cropped up in IPL spot-fixing probe, Chennai Super Kings owner India Cements had earlier on Friday said he is neither owner, nor CEO or Team Principal of CSK and promised strict action against anyone found guilty.
"Meiyappan is neither owner, nor CEO or Team Principal of IPL Franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK)," India Cements Executive President T S Raghupathy said in a statement.
"Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings", he said.
The company said it would assure full co-operation with BCCI and law enforcement authorities on the ongoing probe into the IPL scandal.
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