Meiyappan evasive, non-cooperative during interrogation:police

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Chennai Super Kings' owner Gurunath Meiyappan at Crime Branch in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo
Chennai Super Kings’ owner Gurunath Meiyappan at Crime Branch in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Mumbai, May 25 (PTI): Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan was grilled by Mumbai Crime Branch for several hours following his arrest last night in IPL betting scandal during which he was “evasive” and “non-cooperative”, police said here today.

Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was taken to Crime Branch headquarters after his arrival from Madurai by a chartered aircraft last evening. His arrest was announced by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy at around midnight last night.

Roy initially quizzed Meiyappan for about two-and-a half hours. After his arrest, the 35-year-old was again subjected to questioning for several hours by Crime Branch team, police officials said.

“He was not as cooperative as we expected him to be. He was evasive about several questions,” police officials told PTI this morning.

Gurunath, who will be produced before a court here today, had been summoned by Mumbai Police for questioning after his name cropped up in the betting scandal following arrest of actor Vindoo Dara Singh on May 21.

Vindoo, winner of reality show `Bigg Boss’ season 3 and son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was allegedly in “frequent touch” with Gurunath during the IPL matches and claimed to have told Mumbai Crime Branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.

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