Corruption in the IPL September 21, 2013

Gurunath named in betting chargesheet

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gurunath Meiyappan, a former senior official of Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has been charged by Mumbai police with cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy - including passing on information that compromised the team - in connection with IPL 2013. The chargesheet, filed on Saturday, also called Asad Rauf a "wanted accused", after the Pakistani umpire had left India during the IPL even as Mumbai Police wanted to question him in person.

The Mumbai Quila court, where the 11,500-page chargesheet was filed, set November 21 as the next date of hearing.

Gurunath was charged under sections 415, 420 and 417 of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with cheating and fraud, and section 130 of Bombay Police Act, which concerns cheating at games. PTI reported that he had also been charged under section 66A of the Information Technology Act and two sections of the Gambling Act. However, he was not charged with fixing - as was deemed possible in the days following his arrest.

That would have come as a relief to Srinivasan, who is seeking re-election as BCCI president at the board's AGM on September 29. He had already faced censure from the Mumbai High Court for the manner in which the BCCI set up the committee to investigate the charges against Gurunath and others, and consequently delayed his assumption of office as BCCI president pending re-election.

Speaking shortly before the chargesheet was filed, Srinivasan sought to distance himself from Meiyappan and said the charges against his son-in-law were not going to affect his bid. "This is a matter for Mr Gurunath Meiyappan to deal with. If he is chargesheeted, the law will take it own course. He has been suspended [by the BCCI] so he has got nothing to do with the game. It is up to him to defend his position, it has got nothing to do with me. I will chair the meeting as President and in spite of what you [the media] feel, I may get elected."

In the chargesheet, the Mumbai Police said: "Investigators have evidence to prove that Mr Meiyappan has passed on crucial information that compromises the team strategy, information about team composition, information about injury updates, information about who is going to bat where."

It said Gurunath had given the information to Vindoo Dara Singh, another person who had been arrested on similar charges and was also named in the chargesheet, who in turn had conveyed the information to bookies Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur and Jupiter, who allegedly placed bets.

On May 23 the Mumbai police had summoned Gurunath for questioning in connection to allegations of betting and links with bookies. The next day Gurunath was arrested in Mumbai on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud.

Following his arrest, the Chennai franchise tried to distance itself from Gurunath, who was often seen as the face of the team. He was also suspended by the BCCI "from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team" pending further investigations. Gurunath was granted bail by a Mumbai court on June 4, after spending more than a week in police custody.

The betting scandal and its subsequent arrests came in the wake of the dramatic arrests by Delhi Police of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - along with several bookies on charges of spot-fixing in IPL 2013. The three cricketers were arrested, questioned and then named in the chargesheet filed by Delhi police, after which Sreesanth and Chavan were banned for life by the BCCI.

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  • vas on September 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @RehanSMirza, same thoughts here. Even the language the charge sheeeeeeeeeets were typed in, may not be understandable to gurunath - it is not in English. Are the lawyers going to read all these? How looooooong will it take to read from page one to hmmmm...... 11000 something????????.........

  • TR on September 22, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    So, this means police, (after keeping Gurunath in custody for so many days) did not find any involvement of NSrinivasan in any of these frauds, right? So, whats all the media's hype against NSrinivasan about for last so many months?

    Seems the media would like to hang a man because the man happens to be the father-in-law. And that too even before the suspect is proven guilty!

    Honestly, assuming NS is not guilty of anything (as it seems), the way NS is fighting the bad politics and staying in his righteousness is commendable. People may realize soon, hopefully.

  • Santosh on September 22, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    just curious, why were the police tapping Gurunath's and others' phones? Do the police have legal authority to do so? I always thought something like privacy existed but apparently I am wrong it looks like.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    11,500 page charge sheet ??? Seriously cudnt they just save paper and said "ur guilty under this and this act. Comeback on november 21 for more." Who's even gonna read it, besides the person(s) who typed it!!

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    @Posted by GRVJPR on (September 21, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

    It depends on which side you are? Whose side you are? As simple as that! Almost everyone implicitly or explicitly carry his/her bias! That's life!

  • Anil on September 21, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Folks, don't bring out such pathetic and laughable argument as this action being one of bad timing and a result of ulterior motives. Do you think it is possible to make evidence-supportive documents of 11500 pages in a month? It needs lengthy investigation, preparing the document, preparing the personnel to defend the action etc. Besides, why should Mumbai police care if this is the opening day of CLT20 or whatever? Mumbai Police (or any police) has nothing to with any ongoing/planned tournament as far as their job-in-hand goes. Next, who do you think is planning these timings (and speculative cases against Kundra if RR nears final?)? Oh...I see, there is no limit to human imagination...and stupidity.

  • GAURAV on September 21, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I don't know what people want. Earlier they were complaining about no action and now they are complaining about why police is taking action.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @StraightHit on (September 21, 2013, 12:37 GMT) I am NO fan of Srinivasan. However, I find your argument strange. When the police has NOT charge sheet-ed Srinivasan, how can they prove that he had no involvement?

    It is like: "Something just do not exist; and prove that it does not exist". No meaning whatsoever. This is the kind of topic we normally give for JIM (Just a Minute) contests to test the vocabulary and speaking facility of the contestants, without any prior preparation.

  • Rajesh on September 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    What were the police doing till date and why is this charge sheet after so many months and before the start of CL.. bad timing and really questions the motives behind this.. can we just play cricket alone now and manage these during off-season i.e. non-ipl and non-cl days.. quite pathetic.. may be if RR closes in to the finals, then a charge sheet could be filed against Kundra as well... who knows...

  • mau on September 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Some people are just shameless and will do anything to get power and more money..even if they already are multi millionaires!

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