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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014
Gurunath Meiyappan being quizzed by Mumbai crime branch amid arrest rumours
HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
Chennai, May 24, 2013
First Published: 19:45 IST(24/5/2013)
Last Updated: 23:14 IST(24/5/2013)
(L to R) CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders Venki Mysore, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla, owner of Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan, and IPL CEO Sundar Raman attend a press conference for the players' auction for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket in Bangalore. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath Kiran

Gurunath Meiyappan, the team principal of two-time T20 league winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK), reached Mumbai Commissioner office compound at 8.55 pm in a white Honda Accord wearing black T-shirt on Friday. He was escorted into the Unit-1 of the Crime Branch by a posse of policemen.

Police sources said, a team of police officers from Unit - 1 and Unit -2 of the crime branch was questioning him, on a pre-decided line of investigation.

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) said, “We summoned Meiyappan based on the information that we gathered during Vindoo’s interrogation.”

The crime branch will now question on whether Meiyappan has been passing on information of team strategies. “We have decided on a line of questioning. Based on the answer he would give, we would decided whether to arrest him or not,” said Roy.

Earlier in the day, Gurunath had called crime branch officials and informed his intend to come to the crime branch, and had said that he would not be able to meet the 5 pm deadline.

Rumours were also abuzz of Meiyappan being arrested later in the night, after crime branch sources said that Vindoo had made serious allegations against the CSK team principal.

Meiyappan used to place bets through the book ‘Jack’ that Virendra Dara Singh Randhawa alias Vindoo operated, said crime branch sources.

Also, a model who is being questioned has claimed that Meiyappan had told her during a phone conversation about how 'tense he was after losing Rs. 10 lakh that he had lost after placing a bet on CSK.

A senior crime branch officer requesting anonymity said, “The two models have claimed to have exchanged calls and SMS's with Meiyappan, after Vindoo introduced them to him. ''

The Mumbai crime branch investigating the money trail behind the cricket betting syndicate has also found that Virendra Dara Singh Randhawa alias Vindoo of the 250 calls which were scrutinized most of the calls were made toGurunath Meiyappan – the team principal of Chennai Super Kings.Vindoo names 3 CSK players | Time to go, Mr Srinivasan | Read: India Cements statement


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