IPL news May 24, 2013

Gurunath lands in Mumbai for questioning

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has landed in Mumbai in response to a summons by the Mumbai Police. Police officials said the summons was needed for questioning in connection with betting.

Meiyappan's status in the Super Kings franchise has become the subject of some debate. He was known so far - among senior officials in other franchises and the public at large - as the team principal and referred to as "team owner" in articles on the franchise website, but on Friday evening India Cements, the company that owns the Super Kings, issued a statement to the contrary.

"India Cements clarifies that Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the Owner, nor CEO /Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings," an Indian Cements release said. "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."

Meiyappan, however, was a frequent presence in the Super Kings dug-out and was also at the franchise's table at IPL auctions. During the auctions it was Meiyappan who used to raise the paddle in order to place a bid, a privilege only allowed to the owners of the franchises, according to the auction rules. The bio on his verified Twitter account read 'Team Principal Chennai Super Kings' till it was changed, half an hour after the India Cements press release, to remove the CSK reference.

It is reliably learnt that Meiyappan had a gold accreditation card for the IPL, reserved for team owners. He also represented the franchise at team owners' meetings organised by the IPL and was said to be the point of contact for other franchises for any discussions over player trades and similar issues from the start of the IPL.

The police issued summons to Meiyappan on Friday to "verify certain issues raised and claims made by" Virender "Vindoo" Dara Singh, who was arrested on Tuesday in Mumbai for links with bookies.

There were reports circulating in the media since Tuesday on the proximity of Vindoo to the Super Kings franchise. Those reports, which included pictures of Vindoo watching IPL matches in the company of Super Kings captain MS Dhoni's wife, have not been denied since.

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  • karthy on May 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    One thing I can clearly see is those who are shouting for the scraping of the csk are just Csk bashers.They don't want the team as the other teams can't win them in the cricket field!!!! Also, mumbai don't want to play chennai in the finals as they pretty well know they can't be beaten in the finals.LOL and sorry to ur over powered superstars team.

  • Alex on May 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    N Srinivasan did no wrong. But he should sell CSK team to someone. He can be BCCI chief but his family can not be OWNERS of CSK. Peirod.

  • G on May 25, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Being a chennaiite and a huge CSK fan it pains for me to say that if the "honorary" is found guilty then CSK contract should be terminated and players involved should be brought to the books,at least the next year competition will be somewhat even

  • Chatty on May 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. It is clear that this guy was a big shot in the management team. He was referred to as the 'boss' by the players. Need we say more? I think this whole thing stinks to high heavens. The police needs to get to the bottom of things. Srinivasan and all his henchmen will have to be kicked out. A thorough house cleaning is essential. Cricket is bigger than these crooked individuals.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Gurunath is an 'Honorary' member of CSK franchise. He is an 'Honorary' shareholder of Indian Cement. Wait till the BCCI chief declares that him to be the 'Honorary' son-in-law.. :D

  • Steve on May 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Given the allegations and arrest of the primary owner/face of CSK team itself, would only seem appropriate if they withdrew from the final. N Srinivasan should step down immediately post his son-in-law's arrest.

  • venkat on May 24, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @Saradha Jitendran, I am an owner of CSK. No kidding! Actually, India Cements is the owner of CSK. They have about 1 lakh shareholders including me. N.Srinivasan, as the MD and largest shareholder of India Cements, has a huge conflict of interest serving as BCCI president. But laws were changed to allow him to serve in that capacity.

  • Naveen on May 24, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Rakesh K Singh - No matter what video you show, its will not be binding in court of law. If India Cements show papers he being appointed as honorary Board member thats what it is.

    The case against him will fail in court of law...purely because the error in Mumbai Police statements(which i hope is not what they give in charge sheet) is that They are considering Betting in a game of skill(in case if you did not know cricket is a game of skill and not logic) to be illegal, in same breath they do acknowledge that is not the view so far in Indian Penal Code, which is against normal procedure and requires ammendment to Indian Penal Code....which simply means the case will be thrown out after big tamasha.....Looks like Mr.Meyappan is not the Target here but casualty of War. Also Mumbai police is acting Selectively as they have openly said they are not going after Bollywood hero's and heroine's involved in it...including an yester year hero.

    Parliment will make betting legal LOL

  • rob on May 24, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    With all the huge sum of money legitimately made by the owners and everyone involved in the IPL, I wonder why they go for this betting syndicate? Greediness? In the bigger picture I guess BCCI should become transparent and clean.

  • Ifthi on May 24, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    "The plot thickens" - Ifthi from Dubai

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