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Befriending Gurunath led to rise in Vindoo’s betting fortunes

Alok Deshpande
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‘Jack’ admittedly earned an unprecedented Rs.17 lakh during this year’s IPL

Mumbai police officials at the residence of Gurunath Meiyappan, principal of IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings, in Chennai on Thursday.— PHOTO: PTI
Mumbai police officials at the residence of Gurunath Meiyappan, principal of IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings, in Chennai on Thursday.— PHOTO: PTI

It has come to light that actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who has been habitually but unsuccessfully betting on IPL matches, began to earn money on betting only after he became friends with Gurunath Meiyappan, the prinicipal of IPL team Chennai Super Kings.

Singh, also known in betting circles as Jack, had placed bets on matches all through the last five editions of the tournament and suffered heavy losses. “He became friends with Gurunath two years ago and, according to his confession, he had earned more than Rs.17 lakh in this IPL for the first time,” said an investigating officer.

The officers are probing the possible reasons behind the actor’s sudden success in betting. “We have not drawn any conclusions. But we are investigating reasons behind his sudden success,” an officer said.

According to sources, Singh was introduced to Gurunath by a person connected to the cricketing world who was closely associated with a popular Indian cricketer.

Officials said the actor has been mentioning the names of a number of famous personalities, including an actor, actress, and a former cricketer-turned-commentator.

“He has been saying a lot of things about Gurunath and others. Unless we get a chance to question Gurunath, we won’t be able to confirm anything,” said an officer, adding that Singh said he would often place bets for Gurunath.

Earlier on Thursday morning, a four-member team of the Mumbai police led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Satyanarayan Chowdhari arrived at the residence of Gurunath only to find he was not present at the time.

Summons issued

“We have issued summons to him at his residence and office in Chennai. He will have to be present in the office of the Crime Branch before 5 p.m. on Friday,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.

Even as Gurunath has sought more time to appear before the Mumbai crime branch, the police are likely to call Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for questioning.

The officers told The Hindu that there were certain issues which surfaced during Singh’s interrogation: “We wanted him to be confronted and verify whether there is any truth in the confession made by Singh.”


  • Meiyappan has sought more time to appear before Mumbai crime branch

  • Singh mentioned names of a number of celebrities, say officials



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