CSK honcho Meiyappan asked to appear before Mumbai police

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 tomorrow for questioning after he was found to be in "frequent touch" with actor Vindoo, arrested in connection with the scandal.
 
A 4-member team of Mumbai police's crime branch led by Deputy Commissioner Satyanarayana Chaudhary was despatched to Chennai today with summons and brief to question Meiyappan, son-in-law of CSK owner and BCCI chief N Srinivasan.
 
Meiyappan's whereabouts were not yet known.
 
"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," Joint Commissioner (crime branch) Himanshu 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.
 
"Vindoo has spoken a lot and we have come across certain issues related to Meiyappan which we have to verify and corroborate and ascertain the veracity of the actor's claims," he said.
 
The whereabouts of Meiyappan today remained shrouded in mystery as some reports said he had left for Kolkata, while others claimed he had stayed back in New Delhi after witnessing the first play-off between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Yet another account indicated he was already in Mumbai.