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Summons to Meiyappan

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CSK CEO seeks time till Monday Officials go to Chennai to question him His whereabouts are not known Mumbai/Chennai: Intensifying its probe...

  • CSK CEO seeks time till Monday
  • Officials go to Chennai to question him
  • His whereabouts are not known

Mumbai/Chennai: Intensifying its probe into the IPL betting racket, Mumbai police on Thursday issued summons to Chennai Super King's CEO Gurunath Meiyappan asking him to appear before it on Friday for questioning after he was found to be in "frequent touch" with actor Vindoo Randhawa, arrested in connection with the scandal.

A 4-member team of Mumbai police's crime branch led by Deputy Commissioner Satyanarayana Chaudhary was dispatched to Chennai on Thursday with summons and brief to question Meiyappan, son-in-law of CSK owner and BCCI chief N Srinivasan. According to sources, he has sought time till Monday to be present physically before the investigative authorities. Meiyappan's whereabouts were not yet known.

Meanwhile, IPL CEO, Sundar Raman and CAO Ratnakar Shetty met Mumbai joint Commissioner of Police (crime branch) Himanshu Roy at the crime branch office in Mumbai.

"A team of four officials led by DCP Satyanarayana Chaudhary was despatched to Chennai with brief to question Meiyappan. They also carried summons for Meiyappan.

"Since the team could not find anybody at his residence, a copy of the summons was pasted at his residence and another copy handed over to a manager at CSK's office," Roy told reporters in Mumbai.

Meiyappan, team principal and CEO of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, has been asked to present himself before the crime branch in Mumbai between 11 am and 5 pm tomorrow.

Roy said Meiyappan would be confronted with Vindoo Randhawa, actor son of late wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, following his claims about his association with the top CSK honcho.

When asked what would be the next course of action for Mumbai police if Meiyappan did not turn up for questioning, Roy said, "According to the procedure, a person who does not turn up for questioning can be declared an absconder and a prayer is made to a competent court seeking an arrest warrant for him."

"Given his high-profile status we expect him to turn up for recording his statement. Recording Meiyappan's statement is necessary in the light of claims made by Vindoo," he said.

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