Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, and small-time actor Vindu Dara Singh were sent to judicial custody till June 14 by a Mumbai Court today. The Mumbai Police has been interrogating them on allegations of betting in cricket matches after their arrests last month. The police have also questioned Chennai hotelier Vikram Aggarwal in the case. (Full coverage)
Police sources allege that Mr Meiyappan, whose visiting card names him as the 'Team Principal' of the Chennai Super Kings, used to place bets on cricket matches through Vindu, who was in direct contact with bookies. Police sources say they have transcripts of several conversations between Mr Meiyappan and Vindu where both are speaking in a code language.
Mr Srinivasan yesterday stepped aside as the BCCI chief for a month till the cricket's board's internal inquiry into the case is over. Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya will take over as the interim president during this period. (Read)
Mr Srinivasan has, since Mr Meiyappan's arrest, tried to distance his son-in-law from the Chennai franchise, which is owned by his company India Cements. He said Mr Meiyappan was seen with the team constantly only because he is a "cricket enthusiast."
Mr Srinivasan has refused to step down as the BCCI president despite immense pressure, saying even if his son-in-law was placing bets, he was not aware.