Zee Media Bureau
The spot-fixing saga is gathering more heat and today saw a few major developments ni the scandal. Here are the highlights of the day as they unfolded.
8:25 In an interview given to an English news channel BCCI Treasurer Ajay Shirke confirmed reports about his resigantion. This is a significant development considering Srinivasan had claimed that he has the numbers to stay on as President of the BCCI.
8:05 BCCI President N Srinivasan has convened an emergency meeting of the Board`s working committee on June 8 to discuss the current crisis arising out of betting and spot-fixing in IPL.
7:05 pm BCCI President N Srinivasan has refuted ICC's claim that it's anti-graft body had warned the BCCI about Meiyappan's links with bookies. He said that he has checked with BCCI officials and they have received no such warning on Meiyappan.
4:54 pm If ICC had earlier informed IPL about Meiyappan's involvement and BCCI hid it, then all should resign and surrender to police: Kirti Azad.
3:05 pm ICC warned BCCI about Gurunath Meiyappan's link with bookies. According to media reports, ICC had told the Indian cricket board about Meiyappan well before the start of the sixth season of IPL.
A news channel claimed to have accessed transcripts of telephonic conversation between Gurunath and Vindoo. As per the transcript, Guru told Vindoo about the ICC warning BCCI about him and to be careful with the dealings.
The transcript also reveals that someone from within the BCCI had told Meiyappan about it. The latest revelations have brought the BCCI under a cloud of suspicion as to why it refrained from taking any action after receiving the warning.
2:25 pm BCCI joint secretary, Anurag Thakur has said that he has spoken to board president N Srinivasan to convene a meeting. When asked if there was a deadline set for Srinivasan to quit his post, he replied in negative saying the reports aren’t true at all.
In an interview, he accepted that the image of the board has taken a beating and that is why he has spoken to the board president and secretary to convene a meeting as soon as possible.
2:02 pm Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh's police custody has been extended till June 3.
1:56 pm Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who was embroiled in a controversy over IPL Kochi franchisee two years ago, today steered clear of the raging spot-fixing and betting scandal involving the lucrative T20 league.
1:20pm Rajasthan Royals' Siddhartha Trivedi was offered bribe by the bookies but didn't accept. He will be made a prosecution witness in the spot-fixing case.
12:40 pm Hotelier Vikram Aggarwal has appeared before Mumbai Crime Branch. His statement is currently being recorded. The Mumbai Police had summoned Aggarwal to appear before it on Friday in relation with the IPL spot-fixing case.
12:10 pm Politics and sports should not get mixed up: PM on IPL spot-fixing scandal
12:01 pm Chidambaram raised Lalit Modi extradition issue during UK visit with his counterpart.
12:00 pm Delhi HC issues notices to Centre and BCCI on a PIL seeking separation of IPL from BCCI.
11:53 am “Developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing. It always hurts me when game of cricket is in news for wrong reasons,” Sachin Tendulkar said on the issue of spot-fixing on Friday.
11:45 am IPL CEO, Sundar Raman, has filed complaint against Gurunath Meyiappan, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals in the spot-fixing scandal.
11: 25 am : Retired Justice T Jayaram Chouta, who is a part of the three-man inquiry commission probing the alleged betting charges against Gurunath Meiyappan, has said that he cannot ask Srinivasan to step down.
11:00 am Crime Branch and Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) officials are carrying out raids on hotels of suspected Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing accused Vikram Aggarwal.
10:00 am: BCCI president’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh, both arrested for alleged involvement in the IPL betting scandal, will be produced in a Mumbai court today.
The Mumbai police is likely to seek extension of their custody.
A Mumbai court on Wednesday had extended the police custody of CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan till May 31 after it was told by the city crime branch that it wanted to confront him and actor Vindoo Dara Singh with a Chennai hotelier, also suspected of involvement in the case.
Vikram Agarwal, owner of Chennai`s hotel Radisson Blu, has been issued summons by Mumbai crime branch to appear before it on May 31.
In its remand application, the crime branch said it had already confronted 35-year-old Meiyappan with Vindoo, through whom the CSK honcho was alleged to have placed bets on IPL matches, including those involving his team.
Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan is accused of giving insider information to Vindoo regarding team strategy and players which he passed on to bookies.
With PTI inputs