CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan arrested

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Updated: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 0:58 [IST]
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CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan arrested

Mumbai, May 24: BCCI President N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by Mumbai police late on Friday night.

Gurunath, who landed in Mumbai in Friday to face police in connection with IPL betting, was questioned by the Mumbai Crime Branch and close to midnight he was placed under arrest.

"We have interrogated Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan after he arrived here at Crime Branch. We have gone through questioning with him in detail and after due deliberation we have come to the conclusion that there is evidence that there is his involvement in the offence and therefore he is placed under arrest. He will be produced in court in the next 24 fours," Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner, Crime Branch, told reporters.

With the arrest Meiyappan, there is a possibility of Chennai Super Kings being thrown out of the IPL. Also there have been calls for Srinivasan's resignation as BCCI president.

Speaking to CNN-IBN news channel, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi called for CSK team to be scrapped. Police questioned Gurunath for close to three hours after he was named by Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh in IPL betting.

Friday was a big day for CSK and IPL as Gurunath was termed as 'not owner or CEO or Team Principal' of CSK by franchise owners India Cements. Gurunath was summoned for questioning by Mumbai police on Thursday.

He was summoned appear between 11am and 5pm on Friday to appear before police. However, he came to Mumbai much after the 5pm deadline had passed.

IPL 2013 final is scheduled to be held at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on May 26, Sunday. CSK have already reached the final.


Story first published:  Saturday, May 25, 2013, 0:07 [IST]
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