The Mumbai crime branch on Monday gathered a key piece of evidence against Gurunath Meiyappan, in the betting case registered against him in Mumbai.
A search of Meiyappan’s 70-feet yacht at Marina in Chennai yielded a cell phone with a SIM card which the BCCI chief’s son-in-law used to keep in touch with Vindoo Dara Singh.
The crime branch had already recovered two cell phones on Sunday. The police are now looking for a fourth cell phone used by Meiyappan.
A crime branch team comprising senior police inspectors S Sandbhor and Milind Khetle have been camping in Chennai since a summons was issued to Meiyappan, and they are conducting the searches along with Chennai Police.
Till now, from the searches at Meiyappan’s residence, crime branch has recovered 365 envelope covers of CSK, 190 visiting cards of Gurunath whose designation was team principal of CSK, 1400 stickers of CSK logo, a diary with a logo of CSK and list of players who represent CSK written in Meiyappan’s handwriting, 13 pages of T20 League auction list of 2010 and some T-shirts of CSK.
The Mumbai Crime Branch had said that Meiyappan used four mobile phones to place bets. Call records and details of Meiyappan’s conversation are with the crime branch.
The call details reveal that he used to place bets with the help of arrested actor and bookie Vindoo.
Meiyappan used to stay in touch with Vindoo from these phones which allegedly were procured through fake documents, said crime branch officials.
Meiyappan made calls to Vindoo when matches were underway, and Vindoo then called bookies with the information. Meiyappan used to place bets with Vindoo for the last two years.
Vindoo was a middle man between him and bookies. Vindoo further forwarded the bets to absconding bookies Jupiter, Pawan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur.