"We have not finished with our probe yet and are looking for custody of Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf"
The Mumbai Police on Monday said they had not cleared Gurunath Meiyappan — team principal of Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan — in the betting scandal that rocked this year’s Indian Premier League.
“There is no question of giving a clean chit to him [Mr. Meiyappan]. We have not finished with our investigation yet and are looking for the custody of Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf to probe him for his role in the scandal. We will soon be filing a charge sheet,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Mr. Meiyappan was arrested two months ago by the authorities for his alleged involvement in a betting racket during the IPL.
The BCCI, in its letter dated June 28 to the Mumbai Police, informed them about the formation of a two-member inquiry commission to probe the allegations against Mr. Meiyappan.
“We request you to kindly depute an officer conversant with the investigation, along with relevant records, to be present on July 7, 2013… so that the commission can gather the full details and record the facts as found by your department.”
The Mumbai Police received the letter on July 4. In reply a letter sent by Mr. Roy the next day said: “As the case is still under investigation, you are requested to kindly quote relevant legal provisions under which the investigating officer or any other officer from the investigating agency can be called before the probe commission.”
The board did not reply back.
“According to law, an investigating officer can depose only in front of the court and not to inquiry commission formed by a private body. Asking an officer to depose was unconstitutional,” said Mr. Roy.