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Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh have been granted bail by a Mumbai court. Both had been remanded to judicial custody until June 14. One of the defence lawyers told Times Now he now expected both to be released by Tuesday afternoon.
Gurunath and Vindoo were granted bail on a surety amount of Rs 25000, and on the condition that they don't leave India and visit the crime branch office in Mumbai at least twice a week, according to a defence lawyer. The laws under which Gurunath was booked include Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, and Sections 465, 466, 468, 471, 490, 420, 212, 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Offences under the Information Technology Act and the Gambling Act are bailable, the lawyer said.
Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, was arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud after being summoned to Mumbai for questioning over alleged betting and links to bookies. Police investigations suggested that Vindoo, an actor, and Gurunath were in frequent telephonic contact. Vindoo was also seen in the Super Kings box at IPL matches.
Super Kings also tried to distance itself from Gurunath, who was pretty much the face of the franchise till his arrest. Gurunath was 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.