MUMBAI: Mumbai Police on Friday night arrested Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan in the unfolding Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.
Gurunath, who is the son-in-law of Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan, has been arrested after disclosures made by Vindu Dara Singh that he had placed bets on behalf of Gurunath who has lost Rs 1 crore in the betting.
Vindu, the son of the wrestling legend who was arrested in the scandal on Wednesday, was further remanded to police custody till May 28.
With the arrest of 35-year-old Gurunath, the scandal has come to the doorstep of the BCCI chief.
Since Mumbai Police had set the deadline of 5 PM Friday for Gurunath to appear before them, he flew from Madurai to Mumbai in a chartered flight with his lawyer P.S. Raman.
After being confronted with records of his conversations with Vindu by its Crime Branch for about three hours, Mumbai Police later arrested him.
Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said, “We have interrogated Gurunath based on information we have. We have found his involvement in the offence related to IPL betting case. We have placed him under arrest.’’
Roy added, “We suspect Meiyappan gave inside information to arrested actor Vindu Randhawa who passed on those to the bookies.’’
He will be produced before a magistrate on Saturday when Police will seek his remand so that they can make him confront Vindu who has allegedly admitted to placing bets with bookies on Gurunath’s behalf.