Gurunath Meiyappan with CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AFP Photo
Mumbai Police crime branch on Thursday afternoon issued summons to Chennai Super Kings ‘principal’ Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of team owner and BCCI chief N Srinivasan, to appear for questioning in the spot-fixing scandal.
Four personnel from Mumbai police crime branch delivered the letter, which was received by the house staff of Meiyappan, who, sources say, could reach Chennai tomorrow (Friday) or the day after (Saturday).
After issuing the summons, the four-member Mumbai crime branch team left for Mumbai.
Meiyappan has not been accused in the case. For now, the police are expected to focus on his cellphone call records.
Earlier on the day, the Mumbai Police team reached residence of Meiyappan in central Chennai to question him in the connection with betting case.
A red flag was seen atop Meiyappan's bungalow, which neighbours say is put up whenever the CSK team official is not at his residence.
With his name figuring prominently in the interrogation of arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, a senior crime branch officer told HT that Gurunath will either be issued summons or a team will be sent to Chennai to question him.
Chennai Police on Thursday confirmed the presence of Mumbai Crime Branch Police in the city in connection with the investigation of the spot-fixing case.
Gurunath’s questioning would revolve around his links with Vindoo and if he was involved in betting or was passing inside information about matches.
“Based on the outcome of the questioning, we will decide whether his actions fall under the domain of impropriety or invite legal action,” the officer said yesterday.
Vindoo, interrogators said, has revealed that he was in touch with Gurunath during the ongoing T20 season — a fact corroborated by his call records. Police are trying to find out what the two spoke about.
Vindoo, allegedly linked to several bookies and cricketers, told the police he was introduced to Gurunath four-five years ago in Chennai by Anand Saxena, a Delhi-based bookmaker, and became friends with him. He claimed he went to Chennai to watch a match (where he was photographed with CSK captain MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi) on Gurunath’s invitation.
The small-time actor has revealed that he made crores from betting on T20 matches, and his take-home from this season was Rs. 17 lakh.
In the Capital, betting continues unabated despite police heat on bookies, Delhi cops said. They also hinted at the possibility of a similar scandal in the Bangladesh Premier League, based on the questioning of arrested bookie Sunil Bhatia.
On Chandila’s involvement in the racket, an officer said, “Chandila received Rs. 25 lakh for the May 5 match from one set of bookies, Rs. 15 lakh for the May 17 match from another and Rs. 9 lakh from a third set of bookies. Of this, he had to return Rs. 20 lakh for the first match since he forgot to give the pre-decided signal before bowling.”