IPL spot fixing: Gurunath Meiyappan grilled
Shortly after 9 pm, Gurunath Meiyappan arrived at the Mumbai police headquarters and was immediately taken in for questioning
Armed with over three hours of intercepted transcripts of conversations between Vindu Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan, the Mumbai police grilled the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan in the IPL-VI spot-fixing scam.
A team of Crime Branch sleuths had reached Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s domestic terminal shortly before Meiyappan was expected to arrive by a chartered aircraft around 7.30 pm from Madurai. As he stepped out of the arrival terminal, he was escorted by the sleuths to a waiting police vehicle and driven off to the Crime Branch office in Mumbai Police Headquarters near Crawford Market in south Mumbai.
He arrived at the headquarters shortly after 9 pm, and was immediately escorted inside as hundreds of media persons waited outside the police headquarters. He was questioned by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy, Additional CP Niket Kaushik, Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyanarayan Chaudhary and investigating officer Nandkumar Gopale.
The Crime Branch had gone to Meiyappan’s residence in Chennai to serve a summons but he was not available at home. The officials handed over the summons and asked Meiyappan to make himself available in Mumbai for questioning on Friday. On May 21, Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh was arrested for his role in the spot-fixing scam.
During interrogation Vindu revealed that he was closely associated with Meiyappan and had placed bets on his behalf as well. The Crime Branch wants to question Meiyappan on the information provided by Vindu. The officials also have transcripts of conversations between Meiyappan and Vindu that run for over three hours.
Speaking to MiD DAY, a police officer said, “We have prepared a specific line of questioning for Meiyappan. We have call records and intercepted transcripts of conversations between Vindu and Meiyappan, running into over three hours.” Police clarified that if Meiyappan does not convincingly answer their questions, he will be arrested immediately.
“We are also investigating whether Meiyappan may have influenced players in his capacity as the owner of Chennai Super Kings,” added a police officer on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, umpire Asad Rauf, who has been withdrawn from the Champions Trophy, has fled to Pakistan via Delhi. “We will investigate the possibility of putting out a red corner notice on the umpire later on,” a police officer said requesting anonymity.