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May 25, 2013 at 11:29pm IST

IPL: Police to probe if Meiyappan placed bets, traded insider info

Mumbai: It is a controversy that's caught the interest of the entire nation. Chennai Super Kings team principal and son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Police amidst high drama. Later, a defiant Srinivasan refused to step down.

Meiyappan was sent to police custody till May 29 after a three-hour long argument in a court. A tired looking Meiyappan had earlier been interrogated for several hours after a dramatic midnight arrest.

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But it was the details of the argument made by the police, seeking Meiyappan's custody, which sent fresh tremors throughout the country. The police said they wanted to probe if Meiyappan was passing on team strategy to bookies to facilitate bets, if two phones used by him had SIM cards obtained by forging documents and whether he was placing bets upto Rs one crore through Vindoo Dara Singh.

As of now the sections applied against Meiyappan are the blanket sections applied against all the accused. Though the defense tried to argue arresting him when he responded to summons was illegal, the court favoured the police arguments for custody.

The police remand papers' claim they need to probe Meiyappan passing on team information to bookies as well his connection with ICC elite panel umpire Asad Rauf. This dramatically changes the ramifications of the case, as this, if found true would tantamount to spot-fixing and a widespread organised operation.

Officers believe several rounds of face-to-face confrontations between Vindoo and Meiyappan would yield results. While the Mumbai Police claims that they have incriminating evidence against Meiyappan, sources say the face-to-face interrogation with Vindoo will certainly widen the net.

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