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Updated: May 23, 2013 12:24 IST

"Vindoo Singh was in touch with Srinivasan’s son-in-law"

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Chennai Super Kings' Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan
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Chennai Super Kings' Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan

According to Mumbai police sources, Mr. Singh has told them that he shares ‘very good’ relations with Mr. Meiyappan

The call records of Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh — arrested here on Tuesday in connection with ongoing investigations into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal — show that he was in frequent touch with Ramesh Vyas, a bookie arrested earlier by the Mumbai police, and Gurunath Meiyappan, Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, police officials said.

Mr. Meiyappan is the son-in-law of CSK owner and president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N. Srinivasan.

According to Mumbai police sources, Mr. Singh has told them that he shares ‘very good’ relations with Mr. Meiyappan. “We have found frequent calls made to Ramesh Vyas and a certain number from Chennai, which has been traced to Meiyappan,” said an investigating officer on condition of anonymity.

The police are investigating whether the frequent, “alternate” calls made to the two were related to the betting racket of which Mr. Singh was a part. Mumbai police officials would not confirm if Meiyappan will be called for interrogation. A senior officer told The Hindu that as of now no decision has been taken but that the police will seek his formal statement in the matter.

Neither Mr. Meiyappan nor Mr. Srinivasan was available for comment.

The police said Mr. Singh has confessed to being in the betting racket for the past 7 to 8 years and to earning more than Rs 17 lakh in this season of the IPL. “He has told us that betting took place on all the matches in this IPL and in the previous edition. The betting also took place on matches in the cricket world cup,” said an officer.

Mr. Singh’s close relations with bookies also became clear after he allegedly helped two bookies, Sanjay Jaipur and Pawan Jaipur escape to Dubai after the scandal broke.

“He booked hotel rooms for them and arranged transportation on May 17. He even arranged transportation for them to the airport. We have seized three mobile phones from the actor’s residence which belong to Pawan Jaipur,” said an officer.

Meanwhile, a local court here has sent six bookies arrested earlier by the Mumbai police, Ramesh Vyas, Pandurang Kadam, Ashok Vyas, Neeraj Shah, Pravin Behra, and Pankaj Shah Alias Lotus, to judicial custody till June 5.

OH we are worried about 17 lakhs of corruption money. the top brass in
India - especially the Gandhi crooks have billions stashed away - sadly
no one will be able to take it with them when the moment of reckoning

from:  akhil ilma
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 05:01 IST

moral of the story-crime doesn't pay.

Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 16:12 IST

Mumbai Police do not yet have concrete evidence to go after BCCI Srinivasan's son-in-law. What they have is records of phone calls between Vindoo and Guru which does not tell anything. Mumbai police rushed to media in a haste, as a publicity stunt, without quietly collecting evidence. What they dug out so far are not enough to book anyone except for TV media's 'Breaking Story"

from:  Vijayaraghavan
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 12:49 IST

The IPL Cookie has started crumbling. One is reminded of the old adage > "you can fool some people for some time, many people for many a time, but not all of them at all times!"

from:  V. Vedagiri
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:47 IST

Does the BCCI president or his son -in-law have no enough money to live
on ? It is the high time V&AC stop harassing the poor VAO and hunt for
big sharks.The GOVT should mull over the ban on cricket and encourage
the games like soccer ,basket ball, volley ball etc .

from:  Rajagopalan
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:41 IST

Now it become a well know fact that IPL is a drama. And there is no transperancy is the way BCCI operates. BCCI dont want to come under goverment or they dont want RTI. They want to remain as private body and they can escape by saying "we are just a private body". It's a complete eye wash. The cricketers who were caught are small fishes. Do this govt have the courage to take severe action against BCCI and tell all the truth to this world.I dont think so....God help our country to get out of corruption.

from:  Thandu
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:35 IST

its no more a gentleman's game. this might be a well networked web
involving players, executives and officials of bcci. ipl should be
banned if it is opening the doors for widespread corruption. soon
cricket boards from other countries would stop allowing their players
from participating in leagues such as ipl.

from:  Saagars
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:31 IST

The whole thing will turn out to be a wild goose chase as all the leads
will end at Dubai. The whole thing is orchestrated from there and the
way things are now, this would never be unravelled. Hopefully one day
there would be a regime change with the rulers more amenable to Indian
interests taking over, but as of now we are faced with a impenetrable
stone wall.

from:  Raghusn
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:28 IST

Is legalising the betting a solution? not at all. When BCCI should sit up and come up with a disaster recovery plan, they are busy giving interviews about 3 rotten eggs and this will not have impact on the game. Not sure we have any efforts being put in by Government to curb such practices. But unfortunately Government has been busy handling their scams that rises every now and then. Pathetic state of affairs for the Country.

from:  Srinath
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:27 IST

Bookies and shady characters thrive on "being close" to people in power and position. It doesn't ever automatically mean they managed to recruit people into their rackets. Being the son of a legendary Indian sport figure and icon like Dara Singh, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the IPL would welcome him into its fold of celebrities and glitz. You can be anywhere in India and place bets on the phone and make money very quickly. This is simple reality. A LOT more people would indulge in it if they had the contacts to do this. So, it would be plain hypocrisy to blame the IPL, cricket administration or "Bollywood", for a racket that exists because there is a need for it, like many other rackets.

As long as the game or the spirit of people's trust in it is not tarnished, through fixing for instance, the ambit of betting needs to be looked at with realistic eyes. Asking if we "need" the IPL etc. would seem really immature in this context.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 10:50 IST

I had a hunch from the very beginning that the Sreesanth episode may not be an
isolated affair and as well turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg, with possible
involvement of top players and officials from the management of cricket itself in the
racket. It is no more the case of a few rotten eggs, as the BCCI Chief wanted us to
believe. It would surprise none if Mr N Srinivasan now says, he has no relationship
whatsoever with his son-in-law and nothing to do with what he is doing or not

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 09:41 IST

Mr. Meiyappan might or might not be guilty. But this reveals the illegally working men have reached very near the source of Indian cricket. Time BCCI (if needed ICC too) and Govt. sit together and come up with action items that will ensure honesty in cricket. It is very wrong to cheat millions of people who watch cricket believing that everything they see is a genuine act.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 09:39 IST

Tomorrow you enact a law allowing betting in cricket as in horse race then everyone is virtuous! Food satisfies hunger for food; money whets hunger for money. Young blood, lots of easy money, glitz and glamour, IPL night parties, pom-pom girls, more liberty and less intelligence …. this is a cocktail for disaster. Fragile human mind is tempted and falls prey. Do we need this IPL circus?

from:  Nagarajan
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 07:50 IST

The link of betting with Bolly wood, escape of the suspects to Gulf
countries, film stars involved, need a thorough investigation into the
affairs of BCCI and the T20 betting

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 05:57 IST

Now we are talking. The conspiracy of silence from BCCI top brass can be understood for sure. This is like an octopus hands and we can pretty sure they will try to hush hush the issue

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 23:18 IST

Ever since the time Manoj Prabhakar had accused Kapil Dev of asking him under
perform in a test match decades ago (subsequently charges on enquiry by BCCI
found without any basis for lack of evidence to substantiate), I believed most of
the cricket matches in the subcontinent to have been fixed before hand. Over the
years, accusations of match fixing by under performing have been made and
players even dropped from the national squad as well, but no Indian had ever
admitted any wrong doing on his part and promptly denied the charges. Only
Hansie Cronje had confessed to crime in the history of world cricket. It had to be
to the credit of an Indian (bookie) that he had been able to lure the South African
Captain to indulge in this sin for a paltry sum. Since then, the incarnation of IPL
has come about and now in its sixth edition, law enforcing authorities have
exposed Sreesanth and his two colleagues in the spot fixing racket. Today's
revelations does not surprise at all about involvement of senior players as indeed
of those responsible for the management of cricket in India.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 22:51 IST

Obviously the scale of betting racket indicates that there must be involvement
large number of players and other stakeholders. The bookie would not invest this
large infrastructure depending only on sreesanth and 2 other players from the same
team. The other teams and their players must be probed. Investigation

from:  Sridevi
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 21:59 IST

This comes as no surprise.In fact everyone connected with IPL
starting with the teams ,players and in BCCI right from the top must
be brought under the scanner .What was the BCCI /IPL disciplinary
committee doing when all these spot fixing were going on ? Don't
they have a monitoring responsibility ?They all function in a reactive
mode . We are yet to hear statement of Chairman of IPL in this
obnoxious turn of events.
It is time BCCI must complied with all government regulations.
We are just seeing tip of an iceberg.

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 21:19 IST
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