IPL betting: Gurunath Meiyappan chargesheeted

Sep 21, 2013, 17:03 IST | Agencies

Mumbai police filed a voluminous charge-sheet in the Indian Premier League-6 (IPL-6) spot-fixing scam, naming Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, cricket board chief N. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and many others before a metropolitan magistrate here on Saturday

Besides 22 accused and eight wanted accused, the charge-sheet has named several Indian and Pakistani bookies, many of whom were arrested in Mumbai when the scam surfaced in May.

Gurunath Meiyappan

Running into more than 11,500 pages, the police have charged the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Mumbai Police Act, IT Act and Gambling Act.

The police have named around 200 witnesses and attached half-a-dozen forensic reports and mentioned 181 seizures pertaining to the case.

The police have also cited phone records, CCTV footage, SIM card details and other evidence in the charge-sheet.

Meanwhile, BCCI President N Srinivasan today sought to distance himself from his son-in-law Meiyappan, saying that law will take its course in the matter. 

Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns the Chennai Super Kings, was forced to step aside as Board President on moral grounds after Meiyappan was arrested for allegedly indulging in betting during the IPL this year. 

"This is a matter for Mr Gurunath Meiyappan to deal with. The law will take it own course. He has been suspended so he has got nothing to do with the game," Srinivasan said. 

"It is upto him to defend his position, it has got nothing to do with me," he added. Srinivasan, who has remained defiant despite being stepping aside, reiterated that he would contest the BCCI Presidential election during the September 29 Annual General Meeting in Chennai. "I will chair the meeting as President and inspite of what you (the media) feel, I may get elected," he said. 

The IPL spot-fixing controversy broke out in May with the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by the Delhi Police for conceding a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers. Sreesanth and Chavan were recently slapped with life bans by the BCCI. 

The BCCI also handed out a five-year ban to Royals' Amit Singh, while another Rajasthan cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got a one-year suspension. There was no decision on Chandila, who recently got out on bail. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon.

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