The Marine Drive police on Monday filed a report in a magistrate court stating that they have not found evidence of match-fixing against Gurunath Meiyappan, the CSK official. The report said that Meiyappan was involved in betting along with an accomplice.
The report was a reply to a complaint filed by social activist Naresh Makan in May 2013 against BCCI and others alleging that the matches of Indian Premier League in 2013 were “fixed” by the franchise owners and they had “cheated” the public by fixing two matches — CSK vs MI (May 5, 2013) and MI vs SRH (May 13, 2013).
The complaint named BCCI functionaries including N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan who was associated with CSK, and others. Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai police in a separate betting-related case and later got bail.
The Mumbai police report said that Meiyappan, being the team principal of CSK was involved in betting during IPL 6 along with an accused bookie, Virendar Randhava.
The police claimed that Meiyappan was merely the principal of the cricket group and had been given a blue pass for team management. “No evidence to establish that he was the owner of CSK. It is owned by a cement firm and there is no direct involvement of Meiyappan with the company,” the report submitted. .
The report was been signed by Nandkumar Gopale, inspector, with the property cell of the police.