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IPL spot-fixing scandal: Vindoo Dara Singh claims he bet on behalf of Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan, say sources

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Vindoo Dara Singh is accused of having links with bookies allegedly involved in spot-fixing

Actor Vindoo Dara Singh has told the Mumbai Police that he bet on matches on the behalf of Gurunath Meiyappan, the CEO of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise, sources claimed today. Vindoo has also reportedly told the police that Mr Meiyappan has lost over Rs. 1 crore

Actor Vindoo Dara Singh was produced before a court today in Mumbai which extended his remand till the 28th. Vindoo, who was arrested in connection with the spot-fixing scandal in the on-going season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has told the Mumbai Police that he bet on matches on the behalf of Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, sources claimed today. Vindoo has also reportedly told the police that Mr Meiyappan has lost over Rs. 1 crore in betting.
Sources in the Chennai Super Kings franchise, however, have claimed that Mr Meiyappan is not a formal part of the Chennai franchise. Mr Meiyappan's IPL accreditation though says 'Team Owner', according to sources.
Meanwhile, Mr Srinivasan has reportedly refused to step down in the wake of the controversy, saying he has done no wrong and will wait for the probe to get over. Sources close to him also claim that Mr Srinivasan was not aware of any betting activities of Mr Meiyappan.
Reacting to the scandal, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh today said, "These are moral issues, people need to think for themselves."
The Mumbai Police yesterday visited the Mr Meiyappan's home in Chennai as part of their investigations into the spot-fixing scandal. But Mr Meiyappan was not home and the police team affixed summons to his door. One of Mr Meiyappan's managers accepted the summons on his behalf. Mr Meiyappan has been asked appear before investigators of the Mumbai Crime Branch between 11 am and 5 pm today. Mr Meiyappan, however, has sought more time and will appear before the police only on Monday, sources said.
Police sources claim Mr Meiyappan will be confronted with Vindoo to verify his claims.
Police sources say that they have also intercepted several "friendly" phone conversations between the actor and Mr Meiyappan. Immediately after one of these calls, the police sources allege, Vindoo called up a bookie. The police had yesterday emphasized that they have no confirmation as yet that the Chennai Super Kings CEO has any links to alleged betting or spot-fixing in the IPL.
Vindoo had also named some Bollywood personalities, according to sources. Vindoo was arrested on Tuesday. He is accused of having links with bookies allegedly involved in spot-fixing. He has been charged with cheating and forgery and will be in police custody till today.


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