Corruption in the IPL September 22, 2013

Gurunath bet against CSK - police


The Mumbai Police chargesheet on the betting scandal in IPL 2013 has listed the matches involving Chennai Super Kings that were under its scanner, including one match where Gurunath Meiyappan allegedly bet against his own team winning. It also brings out, through transcripts of phone conversations, the alleged close links between Gurunath and the actor-punter Vindoo Dara Singh, to whom he provided match-related information that was then passed on to bookies.

"During the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings on May 12, a conversation is available between Meiyappan and Randhawa [Vindoo Dara Singh] at 20:58," the chargesheet said. "It mentions Meiyappan telling Randhawa [that] Chennai Super Kings will score 130-140 runs. Chennai Super Kings scored 141 runs that day. Such information is useful for session betting. Numerous conversations are available during the match that despite being the Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, Meiyappan has placed bets on Rajasthan Royals winning the match."

The chargesheet also mentioned a recording at 9.59 am on May 14 in which Gurunath is supposed to have told Vindoo that the game between Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils scheduled for later that day will not take place because the stadium in Chennai did not have a stability certificate.

The match did go ahead and the chargesheet contained further details of telephone conversations between Vindoo and Gurunath later that day. At 14:44, Meiyappan was on his yacht when he got this call from Vindoo - or, as the chargesheet put it, "Randhawa is heard scolding Meiyappan for being in his boat". "You are the boss, go there … what those people is thinking, I want exactly."

"At 19:26.34 on May 14, Randhawa [Vindoo] is heard querying to Meiyappan about the toss. In the same conversation, Meiyappan is heard telling Randhawa, 'We win hundred percent.' At 19:53 on May 14, Meiyappan is heard telling Randhawa, 'no other changes in team.'"

The chargesheet also includes Gurunath mentioning games between other teams. "At 15:56 on May 12, Meiyappan is heard instructing Randhawa based on internal information he has while discussing about the game between KKR and RCB in Ranchi. At 10:54 on May 13, Meiyappan is heard informing Randhawa that Sunrisers will win against Mumbai Indians on the match that was scheduled for the day. Meiyappan's voice sample has been sent to the laboratory and we are awaiting the report."

The Mumbai police said they had established Gurunath's association with the Chennai Super Kings team through material evidence. "We have confiscated materials and kit of Chennai Super Kings with the team logo from Meiyappan's residence on May 26. It mentions him as 'Team Principal' on a few visiting cards. This establishes his association with Chennai Super Kings.

"Witness Naresh Himmatlal Makani has said Meiyappan is an IPL team owner and has also recorded in his statement that BCCI president [sic] Rajeev Shukla has sent an email to Meiyappan as a team owner on 24-12-2011 and 09-01-2012. He has also recorded in his statement that he has been cheated since a team owner indulged in betting and has passed on information to bookies."

Gurunath's Super Kings connections were widely known. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, he was present at the Chennai table during IPL auctions and represented the franchise at team meetings; he had a gold IPL accreditation card meant only for team owners.

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. He was also been charged under section 66A of the Information Technology Act, because police claimed that he had used mobile phones and an I-Pad for illegal betting, and two sections of the Gambling Act.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • siddhartha on September 24, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Gambling in India is heavily restricted but the opposite is true online. Approximately 40% of internet users in India have admitted to visiting a gambling site - but not placing a bet. The sites were primarily for lottery, cricket and horse betting fixes.[1] The Public Gambling Act of 1867 prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of INR200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. A fine of INR100 or imprisonment of up to one month is the penalty.[2] The Information Technology Act 2000 regulates cyber activities in India and prohibits publication or transmission of information that can corrupt people. This includes online gambling and the punishment for such activities is much more serious than for offline gambling operations - the fine is INR100,000 or imprisonment up to 5 years

  • Anil on September 23, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    How does this fellow know CSK would score only 130-140 odd runs (141)? Does the team meeting decide "we will score 140. no less, no more. Come on guys, retire if you reach there in the 17th over"? Or...? How does he know who will win out of MI and SH? These conversations give stench of a network of murkiness. Is police or ICC doing anything.

    By the way, Folks, we fans have the right and might to fight. A very simple but tough fight that's sure to succeed: just turn your attention away from IPL. We have the power to strangulate this murkiness are reinstate the clean. Ready?

  • Rakesh on September 23, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    After all this I am appalled to see the support for these guys from CSK fans. I lived in chennai for couple of years and even in a crowded tilted buses(where it is impossible to get in) people do not dodge fare. Such is the honesty there. What happened now? Open your eyes. See the truth. It is illegal to bet in India. Period. There is no question of betting for or against tour team. Fans should feel cheated rather than supporting these power hungry people.

  • Rajesh on September 23, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Look at this... "At 10:54 on May 13, Meiyappan is heard informing Randhawa that Sunrisers will win against Mumbai Indians on the match that was scheduled for the day.".. How did he knew that who will win in matches not involving csk??.. Looks like the whole of ipl is a staged affair and Meiyappan is the only unlucky owner to have been caught, when almost all others are corrupt too.. I don't think I would watch next year's IPL any bit.. Even in Champions league, I would only prefer to watch the non-Indian teams matches.. enough of this I think..

  • Aniket on September 23, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 22, 2013, 23:30 GMT): You ask, " How can the rest of the world not question the legitimacy of Indian Cricket?"

    There are many reasons that rest of the world does not question "the legitimacy of Indian Cricket". Many one-eyed armchair critics would not want to know this before questioning the integrity of Indian Cricket but Indian Cricket and BCCI comprises of a number of people other than Srinivasan. Many of them are genuinely good people and impeccable administrators like Sanjay Jagdale, Ratnakar Shetty, Ajay Shirke, Anil Kumble etc. How about the fact that India has produced cricketers like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Dhoni whose integrity and spotless reputations are unquestionable? While freely associating and judging Indian cricket with people like Meiyappan, you and many others tend to conveniently ignore these facts. Should we start questioning the "legitimacy of SA Cricket" because of not so recent scandals in CSA? Or worse, Cronje?

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Haha even after this CSK fans will say "Whistles " and CSK Forever.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    I disappointed with Indian enquiry team! There is no way you can predict the score of a match no matter how good your knowledge on the game ! also its not a crime that you bet against your own team, if you are living in a foreign land and already done betting systems there, you will know betting and supporting a team is two different things, I would say just make betting legal and be conducted in government centers, so the money made from the business can be used to build infrastructures.

  • David on September 22, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    …. and Srinivasan & the BCCI suffer yet another damaging blow! The BCCI investigation hands down a lifetime ban to Srisanth when he has not yet been tried & found guilty. The BCCI investigation completely clears Gurunath Meiyappan, and he too is now charged by the Mumbai police.

    Srinivasan has his own charge sheet, and Gurunath Meiyappan has his own charge sheet, separate from each other, both in relation to their activities with India Cements - the company co-founded by Srini's father - and it's subsidiary, CSK.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    I think not only Gurunath, some big fishes are also involved! ay..what happened to Sri?? Its kind of funny........

  • Ashok on September 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Totally uncharacteristic behaviour for a person so rich & son of AVM studio great +Son in Law of BCCI President, Mr. Srinivasan. AVM productions date back to 1950's Hindi films including great actors like Dilip Kumar- I think it was called Insaniyat. To be involved in charges of such petty gambling & betting - if the charges are proven- seems shamefully shocking!.

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