The IPL Match Fixing is getting murkier.
I indicated in a post ,couple days of ago, raising some questions for ICC,BCCI,Franchises and a post expressing my view that in view of the proximity of MS Dhoni to N.Srinivasan,BCCI President, that Dhoni might be questioned for the IPL Match fixing because of the closeness of Sakshi Dhoni with Sakshi Jhula, who is a close friend of the arrested Sreeesanth.
I expect this in a couple of days after the excitement of the IPL6 Final is over, to avoid excessive publicity and a drop in match attendance.
Gurunath Meiyappan’s Arrest.
Gurunath Meiyappan and MS Dhoni.
CSK Boss, Gurunath , son-in-law of BCCI President was arrested in Mumbai and being produced in court on 25 May 2013.
Gurunath tried to buy time till 27 May to appear before the CBI, fearing arrest, expecting to be arrested and kept in custody at least for two days(Saturday and Sunday)
But unexpectedly he met with the CBI and was promptly arrested.
There is an angle worth pursuing.
The North Indian. especially the Kolkata lobby does not like the South Lobby, especially afer the unseating of Jagmohan Dalmiya who was hunted by AC Muthiah and Srinivasan.
Then came Lalith Modi affair, who was pursued with vigour by the BCCI, headed by the same Group.
The Money bags did not like this and they were waiting for an opportunity to score back.
To complicate the issue,N.Srinivasan has created a lot of enemies and heart burn by becoming the BCCI President.
His one time colleague AC Muthiah went to Court on Srinivasan.s conflict of interests , being BCCI President and a Franchisee , CSK.
The case is pending in the Supreme Court.
All these factors did bring the issue to a boil.
As the Srinivasan Group tried to extricate themselves, the other Group seems to have brought in pressure mainly political to have Gurunath arrested.
Recall the link of an NCP MP with the IPL’s then Commissioner Lalith Modi and the Mumbai Political Big wig.
Now that Gurunath has been arrested , reportedly confessed to being friends with Vindoo Dara Singh ,did ‘ bet’ in a Kolkata Match and the CSK players used to entertain Gurunath, more skeletons are expected to tumble from the cupboard.
Srinivasan is expected to resign in the next twenty-four hours.
What did Gurunath reveal?
Ashwin, 44, minces no words while disclosing his brother-in-law’s alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing. “Guru (he addresses Meiyappan that way) had several connections with known bookies from Chennai and Dubai and was regularly in touch with them even before the IPL started.” he said. “What began as a relatively smaller side-business became a full-fledged one over the years.”
Pointing out how Meiyappan is a Chettiar, a community known for its affinity to trade and business, Ashwin told dna: “He has been steadily increasing his foothold over my father’s business. Publicly, his wife and my sister Rupa is an executive director in India Cements, my father’s company, and Guru has agreed to merely remain the head of Chennai Super Kings.”
The MBA in finance from Cornell University is equally forthcoming about his father’s “questionable” decision to invest in a small aircraft, which needed refuelling, when he could own one. “On all his trips, to and from anywhere abroad, isn’t it strange that the mighty N Srinivasan has to waste four hours in Dubai every time while his aircraft refuels? And mind you, the fuel halt will not be at Kuwait, Sharjah or anywhere else,” the son of BCCI’s most powerful man disclosed.
“Who are these regular golf partners he plays with on these halts?” According to Ashwin, Srinivasan has the wherewithal to buy a bigger aircraft, but still chose to invest in one which requires a fuelling halt “for convenient reasons”.
Turning his ire to his brother-in-law again, Ashwin says Guru is purposely poisoning his parents’ mind to ensure that the rift between them widens. A year ago, Ashwin accused his father of homophobia and of using his clout to unleash a cycle of violence against him and his partner Avi Mukherjee. The couple alleged that the police picked them up from Escobar, an upmarket Bandra restaurant-pub, on April 30, 2012, and beat them with iron rods at the behest of Srinivasan.
Calling his brother-in-law ungrateful, Ashwin said: “He keeps raising my drug-addiction problem to tell people how he was pushed into lending a helping hand in my father’s businesses when even he knows that I am more qualified and experienced than him.” As proof that his partner and he stayed away from drugs since 2002, Ashwin showed dna their urine reports. Their psychiatrist Dr SL Khanna confirmed the same.
Ashwin reveals that his parents were unhappy when Guru and Rupa started dating each other after meeting at the Madras Club while playing pool. “They were livid because he was not a Brahmin, but a Chettiar. My mother, Chitra, threatened to disown Rupa, but my father, who cursed Guru and his family to the skies after gulping down five scotches every evening, had no qualms joining him over golf given the clout of his family-run AVM Group,” said Ashwin, who has in the past headed the projects department at the ABB Group’s Zurich office.
According to him, his parents were in talks with chess champion Viswanathan Anand for marrying Rupa, but she eventually married Guru. “When my maternal uncle Shankar passed away, my parents did not want to call them for the last rites, but I persisted with my mother and saw to it that they were called,” he revealed.
“Though Rupa and Guru have not spoken to me since I fell foul with my parents, I feel no rancour against them. But how can I tolerate him maligning me for a drug problem from a decade ago to manipulate my parents?”
According to highly placed sources, during the course of interrogation with Vindu and after corroborating certain electronic evidences, it got evident that Gurunath provided vital information about his team strategy to Vindu who further passed it on to the bookies. The CSK boss allegedly discussed team strategies with his Captain MS Dhoni before every IPL match.
Gurunath allegedly passed detailed information about what was the playing eleven , what did they plan if CSK won the toss, their target if they choose to bat first, bowlers who were to bowl crucial or initial six overs and more.
Sources informed that there is certain electronic evidence which suggest that Vindu on several occasions also took the main bookie on conference calls with the CSK boss.
Son-in-law of BCCI President and owner of Chennai Super King Gurunath Maiyappan was arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch after questioning him for three hours at Mumbai Police
head-quarters regarding his alleged role in the ongoing IPL spot-fixing row.
Gurunath was allegedly in constant touch with Vindoo and it is because of this constant contact that the police decided to call him in for questioning.
Police sources claimed to have evidence indicating that Meiyappan was closely associated with the recently busted betting syndicate. “After questioning him, we will decide whether to make him an accused in the case or a witness,” an officer said.Meiyappan was summoned for questioning after Vindu told the cops about his association with him. Vindu claimed he had placed bets on IPL 6 matches on behalf of Meiyappan, who apparently lost Rs 1 crore in the process.
Meiyappan had proved elusive for the police and media alike for the last few days. It turned up that he had been staying at the holiday home of his father-in-law N Srinivasan — the BCCIpresident and controlling shareholder of India Cements — in the picturesque Coaker’s Walk area of Kodaikanal. Gurunath left the hill station around 1.30pm in a car and arrived at Madurai airport around 5pm. He was accompanied by two men, one of whom was BCCI counsel and former Tamil Nadu advocate general P S Raman.
He left for Mumbai at 5.25pm, about half an hour after the police’s deadline had lapsed. “The private plane had obtained permission for departure between 5pm and 5.30pm. It left by 5.25pm,” said an airport officer.