Gurunath Meiyappan with CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AFP Photo
India Cements on Friday issued a statement clarifying that Gurunath Meiyappan was neither the owner, nor the CEO of CSK (Chennai Super Kings) but only one of the honorary members of the management team.
"Mr Gurunath is only one of the members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings. India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately. India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities," says the statement issued by India cements.
Earlier on the day, Mumbai Police indicated it would not extend the deadline for Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan to appear before it for questioning in the T20 League betting scandal, saying "he has been asked to present himself today".
"Meiyappan was served summons yesterday (Thursday) which asked him to present himself before the crime branch here between 10 AM and 5 PM today. So, he has to present himself by 5 PM today," a deputy commissioner rank officer involved in the probe said.
He, however, parried questions about whether Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president and CSK owner N Srinivasan, would be arrested if he fails to make an appearance today.
On Friday afternoon, Meiyappan and BCCI president N Srinivasan were spotted at their Kodainakal holiday home on Friday.
According to reports, Meiyappan had got into a vehicle and was driven away towards Madurai.
Sources said that Gurunath would take a private flight from Madurai to reach Mumbai in today evening to appear before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
A legal team is also said to have reached Madurai to assist Meiyappan.
Meiyappan had on Thursday sought time till Monday to appear before the Mumbai crime branch, hours after it issued summons to him for personal appearance.
It is believed that CSK honcho wanted to be spared from making a personal appearance before the T20 final encounter on Sunday which his team is set to play in Kolkata.
Though the exact contents of the letter faxed to crime branch was not yet known, the CSK honcho wanted to be given time till Monday as he wanted to attend IPL final in Kolkata on Sunday in which his team would clash with winner of Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the last play-off today.
Meiyappan is under the crime branch scanner for his proximity to Bollywood actor Vindoo Randhawa who was arrested for his alleged association with bookmakers.
With inputs from HT, PTI
Gurunath Meiyappan was unceremoniously divested of his position and stature in the Chennai Super Kings on Thursday afternoon but there’s an e-trail from his Twitter account that demonstrates his power and authority over the T20 team in the last couple of years. He has called the team “my MEN”, declared that he will “announce the squad” and spoken of doing “my best” at player auction. This year, @ChennaiIPL, the official Twitter handle of the team urged supporters to “follow our team principal @gurunath75”. Here are the tweets.