Corruption in IPL May 26, 2013

BCCI suspends Gurunath pending investigations

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Gurunath Meiyappan, the top Chennai Super Kings official who was arrested by Mumbai Police on Friday night, has been 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.

In a release issued on Sunday morning, the Indian board said: "The BCCI has taken note of the detention by Mumbai Police of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is a member of the team management of Chennai Super Kings. As an accredited team official, Mr Meiyappan is subject to the provisions of the IPL operational rules and the BCCI anti-corruption code for participants. Pending further investigations and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI disciplinary committee or the IPL code of behaviour committee, Mr Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI."

Public prosecutor Wajid Sheikh, meanwhile, confirmed to news channel NDTV that "the evidence" against Gurunath till now only pointed to betting offences. "We have evidence of betting only at this stage. Only betting," Sheikh said. "We want to investigate him for fixing also. Till today there is no proof, that which match, which player is fixed."

Gurunath's family lawyer, PS Raman, said the charges against him were ambiguous and insignificant. "They [Mumbai Police] are yet to find out what he has done, so they have taken him in police remand. Now they say not spot-fixing or match-fixing, but betting," Raman was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times. "This is such a case that anyone can plead guilty and walk out by paying a fine of Rs 200.

"It is such a small offense for which Meiyappan would not run away. The quantum of betting is irrelevant. Just because Meiyappan's number was found in the phone does not mean that he is guilty. He has known Vindoo Randhawa for the past three years or so and was introduced to celebrities by the film actor."

Meanwhile, the BCCI confirmed that its president - who is also managing director of Super Kings' owner, India Cements, and father-in-law of Gurunath - will address the press at 4pm on Sunday.

The three Rajasthan Royals players, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who were arrested on May 16 for alleged spot-fixing, will be produced in a Delhi court today as the stipulated period of their police custody runs out.

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  • InsideHedge on May 26, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    I do hope that the law have good evidence to convict otherwise not only will the suspects go free but they'll be viewed as guilty by the public who appear to have already given their verdicts!

    Earlier, I saw CCTV footage of Sreesanth in his hotel corridor at 5:30am, just days beofe his arrest. I'm sorry but that does NOT prove he's guilty of spot fixing. I'm not saying he's innocent, I don't have access to the evidence but I hope the stuff that's been churned out in the media isn't all they've got because it's insufficient.

    Trial by media is a real problem in India, there's too many news programmes vying to outdo their competitors with sleazy "breaking news". The people running cricket, and those playing it, know the truth, we have to rely on them to clean up the game.

  • manohpk on May 26, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    If the IPL or any Cricket banned for a corruption then what will be for Indian politics? So we can remove it? If the particular person involved for a corruption he only punished not a team or a cricket or any other sports..

  • londondoc on May 26, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Very confusing- (1) Mr. Gurunath is suspended from 'cricketing activiites', but he is not the 'principal' or 'team owner' or CEO of CSK. So what was he doing in the dug outs and what exactly has he been suspended from? (2) Mr.Srinivasan does not watch T20 cricket although he is the 'owner' of CSK- who does the 'owner related activities' on his behalf if it isnt Gurunath? Bizzare statements coming from the CSK/ BCCI/ IPL governing council.

  • SRISESH on May 26, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Now please release the small fish , let them go home. all is well now.

    This game is interesting than the original ipl tournament itself.

    Ramadu

  • amumtaz on May 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I am surprised that the final of a tainted tournament is allowed to go ahead with CSK featuring. Wow. I guess greed wins over Cricket.

  • Rahul_78 on May 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is just a betting..! Pay 200 Rs and walk away. Classic!

  • peterss on May 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Guys, it's just BETTING! Anyone can bet. It's even legal in most countries. For god sake, CSK is still pure and a brilliant team. Those who can't beat them, please don't be saw losers!

  • bdfighter1 on May 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    IPL should be banned forever....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 26, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Who cares what the laughable internal BCCI disciplinary committee comes up with? I have high hopes on our brave police. Keep it going our dear brave cops. You have the loyal and honest fans' support, by the millions. Please give us back our cricket. Clean. Pure. Like our Dravid.

  • Kitschiguy on May 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    I'm glad that the irony of the BCCI banning or suspending people for corruption or inappropriate behaviour isn't lost on everyone.

  • InsideHedge on May 26, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    I do hope that the law have good evidence to convict otherwise not only will the suspects go free but they'll be viewed as guilty by the public who appear to have already given their verdicts!

    Earlier, I saw CCTV footage of Sreesanth in his hotel corridor at 5:30am, just days beofe his arrest. I'm sorry but that does NOT prove he's guilty of spot fixing. I'm not saying he's innocent, I don't have access to the evidence but I hope the stuff that's been churned out in the media isn't all they've got because it's insufficient.

    Trial by media is a real problem in India, there's too many news programmes vying to outdo their competitors with sleazy "breaking news". The people running cricket, and those playing it, know the truth, we have to rely on them to clean up the game.

  • manohpk on May 26, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    If the IPL or any Cricket banned for a corruption then what will be for Indian politics? So we can remove it? If the particular person involved for a corruption he only punished not a team or a cricket or any other sports..

  • londondoc on May 26, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Very confusing- (1) Mr. Gurunath is suspended from 'cricketing activiites', but he is not the 'principal' or 'team owner' or CEO of CSK. So what was he doing in the dug outs and what exactly has he been suspended from? (2) Mr.Srinivasan does not watch T20 cricket although he is the 'owner' of CSK- who does the 'owner related activities' on his behalf if it isnt Gurunath? Bizzare statements coming from the CSK/ BCCI/ IPL governing council.

  • SRISESH on May 26, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Now please release the small fish , let them go home. all is well now.

    This game is interesting than the original ipl tournament itself.

    Ramadu

  • amumtaz on May 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I am surprised that the final of a tainted tournament is allowed to go ahead with CSK featuring. Wow. I guess greed wins over Cricket.

  • Rahul_78 on May 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is just a betting..! Pay 200 Rs and walk away. Classic!

  • peterss on May 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Guys, it's just BETTING! Anyone can bet. It's even legal in most countries. For god sake, CSK is still pure and a brilliant team. Those who can't beat them, please don't be saw losers!

  • bdfighter1 on May 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    IPL should be banned forever....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 26, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Who cares what the laughable internal BCCI disciplinary committee comes up with? I have high hopes on our brave police. Keep it going our dear brave cops. You have the loyal and honest fans' support, by the millions. Please give us back our cricket. Clean. Pure. Like our Dravid.

  • Kitschiguy on May 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    I'm glad that the irony of the BCCI banning or suspending people for corruption or inappropriate behaviour isn't lost on everyone.

  • SunilSrr on May 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Let the gossips keep going along with revelations of the real facts. There are certain question marks on the media ambitions behind this as well: 1. Why the Pass of Gurunath which was issued for 2008 only is being shown? 2. All photos & press conf. are of the 2011 or previous seasons, why they are not able to show Gurunath in CSK dug-out this year. 3. The targetting of only CSK & Rajasthan Royals.. 4. When the players of RR were suspected of and were suspended, the team was allowed to play IPL till the play offs. 5. There is a clear ruling available with the BCCI president to hold a franchise and hence the interests does not come into picture. Perhaps he is the only owner who does not watch any match. When we see so many other tycoons & promoters watching their team's matches, it feels that much can happen there as well. CSK is the team that has been winning, not the one that has been losing on some body's gamble. The likes of Hayden, Hussey, Bravo, Raina and Dhoni over the years...

  • DalesGuy on May 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Will Mumbai Police act independently if there is some underhand dealings between present and past supremos of BCCI? I doubt!

  • SpaMaster on May 26, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Duh, it is high time! When the three Rajasthan players were caught, BCCI said 'they would be banned for life if true'. When his son-in-law was caught, Srinivasan says "BCCI would act objectively in Gurunath's case". Absolute honcho-politics in BCCI as always. It's okay. BCCI doesn't have to do anything. The Mumbai police would embarrass them enough.

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  • SpaMaster on May 26, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Duh, it is high time! When the three Rajasthan players were caught, BCCI said 'they would be banned for life if true'. When his son-in-law was caught, Srinivasan says "BCCI would act objectively in Gurunath's case". Absolute honcho-politics in BCCI as always. It's okay. BCCI doesn't have to do anything. The Mumbai police would embarrass them enough.

  • DalesGuy on May 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Will Mumbai Police act independently if there is some underhand dealings between present and past supremos of BCCI? I doubt!

  • SunilSrr on May 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Let the gossips keep going along with revelations of the real facts. There are certain question marks on the media ambitions behind this as well: 1. Why the Pass of Gurunath which was issued for 2008 only is being shown? 2. All photos & press conf. are of the 2011 or previous seasons, why they are not able to show Gurunath in CSK dug-out this year. 3. The targetting of only CSK & Rajasthan Royals.. 4. When the players of RR were suspected of and were suspended, the team was allowed to play IPL till the play offs. 5. There is a clear ruling available with the BCCI president to hold a franchise and hence the interests does not come into picture. Perhaps he is the only owner who does not watch any match. When we see so many other tycoons & promoters watching their team's matches, it feels that much can happen there as well. CSK is the team that has been winning, not the one that has been losing on some body's gamble. The likes of Hayden, Hussey, Bravo, Raina and Dhoni over the years...

  • Kitschiguy on May 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    I'm glad that the irony of the BCCI banning or suspending people for corruption or inappropriate behaviour isn't lost on everyone.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 26, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Who cares what the laughable internal BCCI disciplinary committee comes up with? I have high hopes on our brave police. Keep it going our dear brave cops. You have the loyal and honest fans' support, by the millions. Please give us back our cricket. Clean. Pure. Like our Dravid.

  • bdfighter1 on May 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    IPL should be banned forever....

  • peterss on May 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Guys, it's just BETTING! Anyone can bet. It's even legal in most countries. For god sake, CSK is still pure and a brilliant team. Those who can't beat them, please don't be saw losers!

  • Rahul_78 on May 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is just a betting..! Pay 200 Rs and walk away. Classic!

  • amumtaz on May 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I am surprised that the final of a tainted tournament is allowed to go ahead with CSK featuring. Wow. I guess greed wins over Cricket.

  • SRISESH on May 26, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Now please release the small fish , let them go home. all is well now.

    This game is interesting than the original ipl tournament itself.

    Ramadu