Umesh Goenka, the business partner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra, today moved a sessions court to retract his allegations that the 37-year-old NRI businessman had placed bets in the IPL.
Rotru, Guru, Jack and Helicopter were not the only ones to enter the bookies' lexicon. Mumbai Crime Branch officials puzzling out the multi-crore IPL betting riddle have uncovered the code that ended all clandestine operations in a jiffy the moment bookies realised cops were at the door.
Former India pacer S Sreesanth, arrested for his role in alleged spot fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and released from jail on Tuesday, arrived in Kochi to a tumultuous welcome from hundreds of fans who were waiting at the Kochi airport since early Wednesday.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV after being released from Tihar Jail, Sreesanth says he would not wish such a situation for even his worst enemy. He adds that he played with wearing a towel many times in his career and thanks the BCCI and Rajasthan Royals for all their support.
Sreesanth, who was arrested along with Chavan and another player Ajit Chandila on May 16 from Mumbai by Delhi Police, did not speak to waiting media outside Tihar Jail.
The family was grateful to all the fans of the cricketer for their support and prayers, Savitri Devi told reporters in Kerala.
"I am happy he has got bail," she said.
Dhoni had owned 15 per cent stake in the sports management firm which manages some players in the Indian cricket squad.
Raj Kundra was questioned in connection with the betting and spot-fixing scandal that has engulfed Indian cricket. Three players from the Royals, including Sreesanth, are in custody after being accused of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for pay-offs from bookmakers during the IPL.
The provisions under MCOCA will make it more difficult for Rajasthan Royals player S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and alleged bookies to get bail.
A Delhi court will today hear the bail petitions of Indian pacer S Sreesanth and 13 other accused, who have been arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case by the Delhi Police.
- Initially, all members requested them (Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke) to carry on
- However, Shirke and Jagdale were difficult... 24 hours time was given to them to reconsider
- As far as Mr Jagdale is concerned, he has said he will not withdraw his resignation
- Mr Shirke, I tried to talk to him... we have not received any communication
- We will receive the communication one way or other... I will wait
- If there is a vacancy, it will be filled up (regarding appointment of new Treasurer and Secretary)
- A decision will be taken on who will represent BCCI in the ICC. I am entitled, it is my choice
- I don't know the capability or capacity of Jagmohan Dalmiya
- I will leave no stone unturned to maintain the good name of cricket
- We are passing through a difficult time
- No one can deny the image of cricket has been tarnished but we can either cry over spilt milk or do something about it
- This is no come back. It is temporary. One cannot shy away from responsibility. That is why I accepted
- On continuing at the helm of BCCI - "Who has seen the future? Let us get out of our present situation"
There was an expectation that BCCI's emergency working committee meet in Chennai would see a dramatic change at the top of the Board. But it ended up with N Srinivasan pulling off what many thought was an inconceivable victory. He will stay on as chief of BCCI and will only be stepping aside from the day-to-day working of the BCCI for a month. Mr Srinivasan even told NDTV that he has made an extraordinarily fair offer to step aside.
Critics of Mr Srinivisan, including Punjab Cricket Association chief IS Bindra, described the decision as "worse than match-fixing."
On being appointed the BCCI interim chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya says "I came out successfully without any scars... The most important part was that my innocence was proved."
Minutes after BCCI's emergency working committee's meeting came to an end on Sunday, differing opinions and contradictory views began surfacing after it was announced that N. Srinivasan would step aside as Board President.
Srinivasan says his decision to step aside was well received by BCCI members and refutes claims of Bindra and Shirke. "Mr. Shirke is my best friend," he says."
- After discussion I announced that I won't discharge my duties as president
- Mr Dalmiya has agreed to take care of the day-to-day affairs of the BCCI
- BCCI also asked Mr Jagdale and Mr Shirke to withdraw their resignations
- Mr Bindra did not ask me to resign in the meeting
- The meeting was smooth and there was no acrimony
- My decision in the meeting was well received
- I cannot respond to the expectations of the people. I took an extraordinary stand to step aside till probe is over
- I have not done anything. There are no charges against me
- I do not want to respond to Mr Shirke, everybody in the meeting accepted my decision
- Everyone has asked Mr Jagdale and Mr Shirke to come back
- Internal matter of the board how the administration will take place within the BCCI. Mr Dalmiya is experienced
- Whether you call it fair or not is up to you but I think I have been fair
- No one challenged me in the meeting. It was a smooth meeting
- Mr Shirke is my best friend, he said he will let me know by tomorrow. So did Mr Jagdale
- Only I asked for resignation, no one else had the guts
- Srinivasan said he won't resign, it would be unconstitutional
- Srinivasan said no such thing as interim president
- Srinivasan said interim president means I will have to step aside
- Shirke, Jagdale to confirm their return to BCCI tomorrow
N Srinivasan has reportedly stepped aside as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, according to sources, will head the BCCI working group, a decision taken at the meeting of the Board's working committee which is currently underway in Chennai. Here are the latest developments in the story:
- My resignation will set a bad precedent, Srinivasan tells board
- Majority wants Jagmohan Dalmiya to be the interim president, say sources
BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur on Srinivasan: No individual is more important than organisation
BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur: We will take all steps in the interest of the board
After Rajeev Shukla quit as the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday, Mr Srinivasan is reportedly left with little choice but to step down.
"I don't want to go. There are many accomplished persons on the board who can deal with the crisis and take Indian cricket to new heights," he said today.
Just a day before an emergency meeting of the BCCI, N Srinivasan has reportedly indicated that he will step down as its chief. But the powerful BCCI chief, sources say, won't go down without a fight. Mr Srinivasan, sources say, has laid down a set of pre-conditions before he resigns as the chief of India's richest sports body.
Rajeev Shukla on Saturday resigned as the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) amid the raging spot-fixing controversy that has rocked Indian cricket. His resignation piles up pressure on Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan to step down.
Under increasing pressure to resign, N Srinivasan, the powerful head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has called an emergency meeting today in Chennai to confront the crisis that has engulfed Indian cricket with allegations of spot-fixing and betting in this year's IPL tournament, which ended six days ago.
Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan has reportedly been served an ultimatum by the five vice-presidents of the board - "You go or we go". But, Mr Srinivasan remains adamant and has reportedly said that there is no question of him resigning. Calls for Mr Srinivasan to quit have grown louder by the day in the wake of the spot-fixing and betting scandals that have rocked the Indian Premier League or IPL. His son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been arrested on charges of betting on IPL games.
BCCI vice-presidents have reportedly given an ultimatum to president N Srinivasan asking him to resign. Sources say they have told him - "You go or we go". Mr Srinivasan however is adamant about not resigning, sources add.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan allegedly told small-time actor Vindu Dara Singh that he had been "warned by the ICC" to be careful of the company he was keeping. Mr Srinivasan, who so far has refused to quit, has said he was not aware of any such warning.
Sources have told NDTV that all five vice-presidents of the BCCI - Arun Jaitley, Shivlal Yadav, Chitrak Mitra, Niranjan Shah, Sudhir Dabir - are expected to send in their resignations by tonight.
In April, before the sixth edition of the IPL began, Gurunath Meiyappan allegedly called up actor Vindu Dara Singh and told him that he had been "warned by the ICC" to be careful of the company he was keeping.
In April this year, before the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League began, Gurunath Meiyappan allegedly called up small-time actor Vindu Dara Singh and told him that he had been "warned by the ICC" to be careful of the company he was keeping.
Siddharth Trivedi, a Rajasthan Royals bowler, will likely be made a prosecution witness in the IPL spot-fixing case being probed by the Delhi Police, sources have said.
Son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, he was produced in a Mumbai court today by the police.
Siddharth Trivedi, a bowler with the Rajasthan Royals is likely to depose as prosecution witness in the Delhi Police's case on spot fixing.
Sources say, he has told the police that he has information about all the four chains of bookies that have been arrested.
"It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons. The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing. As cricketers we are always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game. During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidans across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue. The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy."
PTI reports: Developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing says Sachin Tendulkar on spot-fixing scandal.
It always hurts me when game of cricket is in news for wrong reasons, he says.
In 2008, the BCCI changed its own rules to allow the-then treasurer N Srinivasan's India Cements to buy the Chennai Super kings. Many believe that is the root of the entire crisis that plagues Indian cricket today. And who gave him the go ahead six years ago? We debate.
Slamming BCCI president N Srinivasan for not calling a meeting of the Board to discuss his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's arrest on betting charges, its treasurer Ajay Shirke has said that he is considering resigning from his post on the issue, according to a report.
The Tamil Nadu Police is initiating legal action against Vikram Aggarwal to ensure his interrogation after he failed to appear before the CB-CID on Thursday, defying summons issued against him.
Talking to the media in Birmingham before the Champions Trophy, Cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to answer any questions on the spot-fixing fiasco back home in India. "Will answer questions on IPL scandal at the right time. I didn't answer IPL scam questions in India, won't answer here," he said to the Indian and international media present. (Read more)
Ankeet Chavan gets conditional bail until June 6. His lawyers had applied for conditional bail because he is slated to get married on June 2.
Abhishek Shukla, event manager and Sreesanth's friend, who was arrested on Wednesday morning, has been released on bail. The Delhi court, where he was produced this morning found that prima facie only 201 (destruction of evidence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) can be made out against him, both of which are bailable offences. (Read more)
The court also objected as to how Shukla was arrested yesterday and taken to Mumbai before being produced in court.
He has been released on bail bond of Rs 25000 and has been asked to submit passport and not to change his address.
Speaking to NDTV, Mr Kumar said the Delhi Police has information about the possibility of another team's involvement, but is yet to collect concrete evidence.
Neeraj Kumar, Delhi Police Commissioner, says:
We were on the brink of breakthrough of another IPL team in spot-fixing
Will happen soon
Sreesanth has admitted to guilt
Made recoveries on basis of admission
Recoveries were paid for from spot-fixing money
No turf war with Mumbai Police, there were many locations
Dalmiya said things are changing daily and that matters will be discussed in the association. He however also said it was time to clean up cricket.
- As far as I'm concerned, I'm very clear that game should be clean
- There is no place for entertainment
- If you're not able to do so today or tomorrow, you'll lose your place
- Go ahead and take action, I have no problem
- As far as cleaning of cricket is concerned, we're losing the opportunity very fast and if we're not able to save it, God help us
- Why should I ask Srinivasan to resign, who am I?
- These false reports are being published in newspapers
- I'm talking about cleaning up of cricket
- Srinivasan's resignation would be like the beginning of cleaning up of cricket, someone should come forward and say this
- What is cleaning up of cricket
- We used to have off-shore games, exhibition games
- We stopped Canada and Singapore cricket
- I have got no stand
- Commission may be very good
- Don't get lost and don't forget about cleaning up of cricket
- Don't try to put words in my mouth. I have never said he has the numbers
- I will not take any stand
- Everyday things are changing
- We will discuss in our association and decide
- I am not defending him at all, I'm not saying anything
- We will frame our decision but in the meantime don't wait, come forward and clean the cricket
- My views are not yet formed because I feel more important things are yet to be done
- A body should be formed and go ahead and clean up cricket
- I don't say anything but if need be, for cleaning up of cricket, then temporarily IPL may be banned
- This is not just happening because of IPL
- Everything has positives and negatives
- This is a golden opportunity to clean cricket
- Such situations exist that you can take them forward and clean cricket
- Let a committee be formed, they should sit down and clean up cricket
- Cricket is a gentleman's game, I don't need to mention the rules of a gentleman's game
- There may be many things for which I am not the final authority
- I strongly feel the time has come where we can take this opportunity to clean up cricket
- If it helps, government should intervene in this
- We should not have a closed mind
- Whoever is able to help in cleaning the cricket, let us try to do it
- Probably it may help government stepping in to clean up this mess
Even as BCCI chief N Srinivasan remains defiant and says he will not quit over betting allegations in the IPL against his son-in-law, comes the strongest attack against him. NCP chief and former BCCI President Sharad Pawar today said "This nonsense wouldn't have happened if I was the board president."
N Srinivasan, who heads the Board on Control for Cricket in India, continues to remain defiant amid a growing clamour for his resignation in the wake of betting allegations against his son-in-law. Here are the latest developments in this story:
After the arrest of his son-in-law for allegedly betting in the recently-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), pressure is mounting on BCCI chief N Srinivasan to step down. However he remains defiant and is conducting meetings at the BCCI head office in Mumbai. He had said earlier that he cannot be "railroaded, pushed and threatened to quit".
Wearing a grey tee-shirt and black track pants.
"We want a fair probe in the fixing scandal, but Mr Srinivasan is an elected President, so it is his decision," added Mr Shukla.
Sources say BCCI decided to probe Chennai Super Kings management following an uproar by Rajasthan Royals and other franchises.
A Delhi court today sent tainted cricketers S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila to judicial custody till June 4 for spot-fixing in the recently-concluded season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Vindu Dara Singh, the actor who was arrested by the Mumbai Police during their investigation into the spot-fixing scandal, was today sent to police custody till May 31. Vindu was presented before a court in Mumbai which extended his custody.
Investigations into the spot-fixing scandal have now put a prominent Chennai hotelier under scanner. According to the Chennai Police, hotelier Vikram Aggarwal, who owns a franchise of Hotel Radisson Blu and other properties, has been active in betting circles.
Despite mounting evidence against his son-in-law who was arrested over charges of betting, N Srinivasan has ruled out his resignation as the chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But sources within the Board say that some members "had practically told him to quit", something that he has flatly denied.
The cellphone, which was found during a search of the plush, 70-foot yacht berthed at the Chennai Marina, could provide vital clues to the cops in their probe into spot-fixing in the just-concluded edition of the IPL.
The committee will comprise of Ajay Shirke, former cricketer Ravi Shastri and a retired High Court judge.
While Mr Shirke is the BCCI treasurer, Mr Shastri has been part of the IPL Governing Council.
Arun Jaitley, Board of Control for Cricket in India's vice-President and a member of the Board's Disciplinary Committee has promised "tough action" against anyone found guilty of involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.
Mumbai police on Sunday 'confronted' CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan with actor Vindoo Dara Singh during questioning about IPL betting rackets.
"Dear Tushaar, Please do pray for me!" - This was the short message hastily scribbled by S Sreesanth for a 12-year-old fan who had come to the court today in the hope of meeting the Indian pacer accused in IPL spot-fixing scandal.
- 365 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Envelopes.
- 190 Visiting cards of CSK team Principles.
- 1400 Stickers with CSK logo.
- One desk diary Black in colour with CSK logo along with CSK Players list.
- IPL Auction list of 2010 (covered 13 pages).
- 2000 stickers contains with words Raise Your Glass.
- 4 T-shirts with CSK logo.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan, under immense pressure to quit in the wake of his son-in-law being arrested and charged with betting, held a press conference in Kolkata today. Read the highlights here.
Yahya Mohammad, an alleged cricket bookie arrested yesterday has disclosed the names of other Indian players involved in spot- fixing, according to Delhi police sources. Names of international players have also cropped up during his interrogation, add sources.
Holding a press conference in the capital, the Law Minister said they will bring a new standalone law at the earliest; it will be broadbased and deal with corporates, bookies and players.
Law Minister Kapil Sibal is talking to the media over proposed legislative measures to prevent dishonest practices in sporting events Highlights of his press conference.
- For the last 10 years we have been grappling with dishonest practices not just in cricket but other sports too.
- Not been able to figure out if Government of India has jurisdiction to make a law on this.
- We need to take into account the various nuances as well as the technology in use by the actors. I am of the opinion that instead of amendments, better to have a stand alone legislation.
- And so we have decided to enact a standalone legislation in unfair practices in sports.
- We cannot let down millions of fans for whom cricket is passion.
- This law will apply not only to cricket but to all sports. Want this to be as broad as possible.
Mumbai Police's Crime Branch seeks seven-day custody of BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan
BCCI chief N Srinivasan spoke to NDTV after arriving in Mumbai and reiterated that he has not done anything wrong. "There is no question of resigning. If someone wants to replace me, let them win the election," he said.
He also said:
- This (controversy) is orchestrated
- If my son-in-law has been arrested, law will take its course. He will defend himself
- No reason for me to step down
- I cannot be bulldozed into resigning
- In case of Gurunath, same rules will apply. There will be no discrimination
- I had no knowledge of his alleged betting. I hardly watching T20, I hardly go to the games
- I follow rules
- There are vested interests...everyone knows who these people with vested interests are
- Media has gone overboard against me
- You can be sure BCCI will act with same alacrity (against my son-in-law) as with Sreesanth
- I still think media should have been fair with us
- Lot of BCCI members have sent me messages of support
BCCI chief N Srinivasan remains defiant. As he arrived in Mumbai a short while ago, he said, "I cannot be bulldozed into resigning." Sources say he is in the city to meet his son-in-law who was arrested on charges of betting yesterday.
Union minister Kamal Nath says BCCI chief N Srinivasan should resign immediately
BCCI chief N Srinivasan has arrived in Mumbai. Sources say he is likely to meet his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested yesterday
Section of BCCI has reportedly approached former board president Shashank Manohar asking him to be interim president: sources
BCCI chief N Srinivasan to fly to Mumbai to meet his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who has been arrested on charges of betting
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi insists that BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested on Friday night for alleged betting, is the team owner of Chennai Super Kings and hence the franchise should be eliminated from the league. He also alleged that Mr Srinivasan bent rules for CSK.
Gurunath Meiyappan has left for Mumbai from Madurai. He has missed the 5pm deadline set by Mumbai Police. Two others including his lawyer accompanying him.
India Cements, the owner of IPL team Chennai Super Kings has issued a statement clarifying that Gurunath Meiyappan is just a honorary member of the management. The statement comes after actor Vindoo Dara Singh was arrested in Mumbai and claimed that he used to bet on behalf of Mr Meiyappan.
Actor Vindoo Dara Singh is being taken to court. His custody ends today. He was arrested on Tuesday.
Sources in the Chennai Super Kings today claimed that Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, is not part of the Indian Premier League franchise. Actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested earlier this week for his alleged links with bookies, has told the Mumbai Police that he bet on games on Mr Meiyappan's behalf, claim sources. Vindoo has also reportedly said that Mr Meiyappan lost Rs 1 crore in betting.
Vindoo has also reportedly told the police that Mr Meiyappan has lost over Rs 1 crore in betting.
Sources in the Chennai Super Kings franchise have claimed that Mr Gurunath Meiyappan is not a formal part of the Chennai franchise. His father-in-law N Srinivasan is the chief of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Mr Srinivasan has reportedly refused to step down in the wake of the controversy, saying he has done no wrong and will wait for the probe to get over. Sources in the Chennai franchise also claim that Mr Srinivasan was not aware of any betting activities of Mr Meiyappan.