Mumbai, Sept. 21 (PTI): Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Indian cricket chief N. Srinivasan, was today chargesheeted in an Indian Premier League betting case for alleged cheating, criminal conspiracy and betting.
Mumbai police had earlier said the suspended Chennai Super Kings official was being charged with betting but not spot-fixing.
There is no specific law against fixing but the charges of cheating and conspiracy have been brought against several fixing accused, such as the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers (accused of spot-fixing) and the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje (accused of match-fixing).
Srinivasan, who was forced to temporarily stop functioning as Board of Control for Cricket in India president after the IPL scandal broke in May, stayed defiant today.
He said he would contest the board president’s election at the September 29 annual general meeting in Chennai.
“I will chair the meeting as president and in spite of what you (the media) feel, I may get elected,” Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns the Chennai Super Kings, told reporters in Chennai.
“Why should I step aside? I am not disqualified and neither can you push me out.”
He distanced himself from his 35-year-old son-in-law: “It is up to him to defend his position; it has got nothing to do with me.”
Twenty-one others have been chargesheeted, among them alleged bookie Vindoo Dara Singh, the friend through whom Gurunath was alleged to have placed bets on IPL matches.
Gurunath, arrested on May 25 and freed on bail on June 3, allegedly provided inside information relating to team strategy and composition — crucial for spot-fixing — to Vindoo, who is accused of passing these on to other bookies.
Vindoo, transcripts of whose phone conversations with Gurunath have been attached to the chargesheet, had apparently told the police that Gurunath lost Rs 1 crore through IPL betting.
Asked about the chargesheet against Gurunath, Srinivasan said: “I have not seen the chargesheet yet. I will be asking the secretary of the BCCI to take legal advice if he finds it necessary.”
Most of the other accused are suspected bookies and have been charged under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, and a host of Indian Penal Code sections: 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), 490 (breach of contract), 420 (cheating), 212 (harbouring the offender), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention).
Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and 15 alleged bookies from that country have been named as “wanted” accused in the 11,500-page chargesheet, filed in the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate Uday Padwad.
The police claim that bookies Sanjay and Pawan Jaipur had sent gifts to Rauf, who officiated in this year’s IPL.
“Rauf was supposed to collect costly shoes and dress materials from Delhi but didn’t take them after being apparently tipped off,” a police officer said.
Rauf is accused of leaving India in a hurry after his name cropped up in the racket.