IPL Fixing: Missing CSK Boss unlikely to be spared, say cops

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Mumbai, May 24: Mumbai Police Crime Branch (CB) is unlikely to spare Gurunath Meiyappan, the CEO of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). According to sources, Mumbai police may reject Gurunath's plea and compel him to appear before CB before the given deadline.

Earlier it was reported that Gurunath would be declared as "fugitive" if he fails to appear before the Mumbai crime branch within 11 am to 5 pm on Friday.

Gurunath earlier on Thursday, May 23 had urged the CB to extend his deadline till Monday. However, it was reported that the CSK boss may not be questioned regarding his alleged connection with IPL spot fixing scandal till the final match of IPL 6. CSK is going to play the final match in Kolkata on Sunday, May 26.

Gurunath Meiyappan

Gurunath's alleged role in betting and IPL fixing scandal cornered his father-in-law and BCCI chief N Srinivasan. The BCCI boss has not made any comment on Gurunath since his son-in-law's name cropped up in the controversy.

Joint Commissioner of crime branch Himanshu Roy earlier on Thursday was quoted as saying, "A team of four officials led by DCP Satyanarayana Chaudhary was sent to Chennai with a brief to question Meiyappan. They also carried summons for Meiyappan."

"Since the team could not find anybody at his residence, a copy of the summons was pasted at his residence and another copy handed over to a manager at CSKs office," Roy added.

Small time Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested over his alleged links with many bookies, reportedly had confessed to police accepting that he was involved in betting. Vindoo also informed police that he was in constant touch with one of relatives of Gurunath.

Vindoo reportedly told police that he was a conduit between Gurunath and bookies. It has been reported Vindoo allegedly had placed bets on behalf of Gurunath.

A Mumbai Police official was quoted as saying, "Vindoo made several calls to this relative of the Chennai IPL owner. We may call the person in question to ascertain the reasons why these frequent calls were made."

Investigation in the fixing scandal is getting murkier day by day. CSK is going to play the final match of IPL season 6 on Sunday, May 26. The match would be spoilt if links between its owner and bookies are unearthed. Currently police have been investigating call records of Gurunath.

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