IPL spot-fixing: CSK owner's relative under Mumbai police scanner

May 22, 2013, 19:01 IST | Agencies

A relative of the owner of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings is under the scanner of Mumbai Police for being in regular touch with arrested actor with whom actor Vindoo Randhawa, late Dara Singh's son.

A relative of the owner of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings with whom actor Vindoo Randhawa, late Dara Singh’s son, arrested in connection with the spot-fixing scandal, was in frequent touch, is under the scanner of Mumbai Police, Crime Branch sources said today. 

"Vindoo made several calls to this relative of the Chennai IPL owner. We may call the person in question to ascertain the reasons why these frequent calls were made," an officer involved in the investigation told PTI.

He, however, said it was "too premature" to conclude that the relative of the high-profile owner of the Chennai franchise had links with the betting syndicate.

CSK owner
Gurunath Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan and CEO of CSK.

Asked if Vindoo had named any Bollywood celebrity who was involved in the betting racket, the officer said, "Vindoo is himself from the film industry and it is natural that his phone contains numbers of several people from the industry. We have not yet got evidence of involvement of anyone of them in betting or spot-fixing."

On whether Vindoo was involved in betting or fixing in earlier seasons of the Indian Premier League, the officer said, "everything is under investigation."

The 49-year-old actor was arrested yesterday for his alleged association with bookies.

Vindoo, winner of reality tv show Bigg Boss season 3, was allegedly in touch with some bookies arrested in the scandal. He was on many occasions spotted watching IPL matches and attending post-match parties.

Former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi too the opportunity to lash out at BCCI President N Srinivasan.

Modi tweeted, "This spot fixing mess - is getting even worse. Srinivasan and family should immediately resign. They should be banned with immediate effect." 

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