With the swirling storm set off by police investigations into the spot-fixing of Indian Premier League cricket fixtures now reaching their front door, Chennai Super Kings owners N. Srinivasan and Gurunath Meiyappan moved to firewall their multi-billion rupee franchisee from potential termination by declaring that the latter had no formal association with the team. The ‘dethroning’ of Mr. Meiyappan happened on a day he arrived in Mumbai to answer a summons from the city’s crime branch for allegedly placing illegal bets through actor Vindoo Singh. Mr. Singh is currently being held in connection with betting and spot-fixing rackets.

In a press statement on Friday, India Cements — which owns the CSK franchisee — said: “Mr. Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor the CEO/Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings. [He] is only one of the members (Honorary) of the management team of the Chennai Super Kings.” India Cements is run by Mr. Srinivasan, who has a controlling stake in the listed company. Mr. Srinivasan is also president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). According to India Cements officials, Mr. Meiyappan, who is married to Mr. Srinivasan’s daughter Rupa, owns no shares and receives no remuneration from the company. However, India Cements’ claims about the purely “honorary” association…

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