Chennai/Mumbai: The Chennai Super Kings' claim that Gurunath Meiyappan had no link with the team has been nailed. CNN-IBN has accessed visiting cards recovered from Gurunath Meiyappan's residence naming him as the Chennai Super Kings Team Principal.
This came even as BCCI chief N Srinivasan claimed Gurunath Meiyappan wasn't the owner or the Team Principal. Police sources also say that there are several other items found during the raid that link Meiyappan to the IPL team.
Sources say the police recovered 365 CSK envelopes, 190 visiting cards, 1400 stickers with CSK logo, one desk diary, black in colour with CSK logo along with CSK players' list, IPL auction list of 2010 and t-shirts with CSK logo. There is also footage from an IPL workshop in 2009 which shows Meiyappan addressing the conclave as the owner of the Chennai IPL franchise.
Meanwhile, sources say the police raids at Meiyappan's Chennai are expected to continue as the police are trying to recover some electronic items.
A Chennai hotelier with betting links has also been named by both actor Vindoo Dara Singh and BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. Sources say this has been corroborated by Meiyappan and that the hotelier is also a key link to some Bollywood celebrities.
A Mumbai Police team conducted a search at Gurunath Meiyappan's residence in Chennai on Sunday. Police teams were seen taking away packets of documents from his residence.
Meanwhile, according to Crime branch sources, Meiyappan told the investigators that it was Vindoo who introduced him to betting. Police also collected Meiyappan's voice sample for verification of his alleged telephonic conversations with Vindoo. "Meiyappan and Vindoo were today made to sit face-to-face and were questioned," a senior Crime branch official said.
The BCCI has suspended N Srinivasan's son-in-law for any involvement in connection with the spot fixing controversy. Meiyappan is in police custody till May 29 over his alleged links to spot-fixing in the IPL.
On May 23, a Mumbai police team served summons on Meiyappan at his residence in connection with the spot fixing controversy. Meiyappan was in Kodaikanal at that time and the summons was received by his staff on his behalf.
Meiyappan has been linked to Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested earlier for links with bookies who are accused of manipulating IPL matches using inside information from tainted players and others.
Trying to ring fence CSK from the risk of its licence getting terminated, India Cements Ltd on May 24 issued a statement that Meiyappan is not the owner/CEO/team principal of IPL franchise, ostensibly to distance CSK from him and his actions.
However, the company did not issue any such statements when the media for the past several years called him the "team principal" or the owner of CSK.
(With additional information from PTI)