The Mumbai police say they have recovered articles and documents during their searches at Gurunath Meiyappan’s Chennai residence on Sunday that raise serious questions about his alleged lack of connection with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
A highly placed source told HT that during the searches, crime branch sleuths stumbled upon a bagful of papers and articles that allegedly clearly establish his official association with the CSK franchise. The police said they have recovered 190 visiting cards with embossed logo of CSK in which Gurunath’s designation is ‘team principal’, apart from 365 CSK envelopes, 1400 stickers of Super Kings and 2000 stickers of CSK, a diary with a logo of CSK and handwritten list of CSK players, as well as official CSK T-shirts.
Even more incriminating is the discovery of 13 pages of the T-20 auction list from the year 2010. These forms, officials said, could only be with someone who owns or manages the team. “These forms are used during the auctioning of players in order to buy them. Who should keep these forms than the owner of the team who bids,” the official said. “It clearly shows his [Gurunath’s] involvement in the franchise at a very high level.”
The items recovered belies Gurunath’s father-in-law’s claim that he was just a “cricket enthusiast” who was later accredited to the CSK management.
“We are sifting through records to determine his associations and monetary transactions,” officials said, adding that the searches would continue on Monday.