IPL betting: Voice samples nail Gurunath Meiyappan, Vindoo Dara Singh
Forensic reports of conversations recorded by Crime Branch confirm that Meiyappan passed on crucial info to the punter, who then passed it on to bookies to place bets on IPL-6 matches
Even as the IPL blitz begins afresh this year, you can bet that the ghosts from the last one have not been put away.
Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh
Forensic reports of voice samples gleaned by the Crime Branch have nailed Gurunath Meiyappan, Vindoo Dara Singh, Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur and Chandresh Jupiter in the IPL-6 betting case.
According to Crime Branch officials, this is the most crucial evidence to help sleuths prove their claims against those allegedly involved in betting on the Indian Premier League matches in 2013.
The Crime Branch had submitted for forensic investigation several conversations they had taped between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team principal Meiyappan son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivisan and punter and actor Vindoo Dara Singh. Singh, in turn, was in touch with several other bookies like Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur and Chandresh Jupiter, cops said.
“All of them together got information from Meiyappan, based on which they placed bets on CSK and other teams. We had recorded the conversation and in our records, the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee blamed Meiyappan for the betting. But till that time we did not have forensic proof that the conversations were actually of Meiyappan. Now we have it on record,” said a Crime Branch officer.
Meiyappan’s lawyers, citing several times before the magistrates that the conversations were not of him, got him out on bail, but the forensic reports confirm that Meiyappan had placed bets on his team with the crucial information he had access to that he also passed along to Singh.
The telephonic transcripts had helped police nab all the people. The forensic corroboration will help the Crime Branch further strengthen its case. The Branch has already filed a chargesheet in the case, but most of the accused are out on bail.
>> Using the info, the accused placed bets on IPL-6 matches
>> Bookies Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur and Chandresh Jupiter also pinned
>> Crime Branch says forensic finding makes their case solid