Spot-fixing case: Police issues summons, but CSK CEO Meiyappan pleads for more time
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CEO of Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan has been asked to appear tomorrow in Mumbai before Crime Branch police there in connection with the IPL betting scandal, police said today.
Two Mumbai Crime Branch officials, who arrived here this morning to quiz Meyiyappan were told he was not available in Chennai. However, the summons was then pasted to the door of his residence and a copy delivered to CSK's office.
Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, was asked to appear before Mumbai crime branch between 11 am and 5 pm, Joint Commissioner Crime Branch Himanshu Roy said in Mumbai. Full Coverage: IPL spot-fixing scandal
Mystery shrouded the whereabouts of Meiyappan as some reports said he had left for Kolkata, while some said he had stayed back in New Delhi after witnessing the first play-off between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Some reports indicated he was already in Mumbai.
However, Meiyappan got in touch with authorities and sought time till Monday to appear before Mumbai police. Sources in the crime branch, probing the racket, said the request from Meiyappan for allowing him to appear on Monday was received this evening, hours after he was issued summons.
"The request is under consideration," a crime branch source said on condition of anonymity.
Though the full contents of the letter is not immediately known, it is believed that CSK honcho wanted to be spared from making a personal appearance before the IPL final encounter on Sunday which his team is set to play in Kolkata.
According to police, the call records of Randhawa, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, who was arrested in the IPL betting case on Tuesday, indicated he had made several calls to Chennai and some to Meiyappan.