IPL spot-fixing live: Shilpa Shetty placed bets of Rs 1 lakh for match, says Delhi cops

6.48 pm: Shilpa Shetty placed bets of Rs 1 lakh for match: Delhi cops

Actress Shilpa Shetty placed bets of Rs one lakh for an IPL match, Delhi Police claimed today even as investigators said they do not believe her husband and co-owner of Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra\'s statement that he lost Rs one crore in betting.

Kundra and Shilpa have denied allegations against them. Police sources said they may quizz Kundra again and call Shilpa for questioning if there is a need.

The names of Kundra, who was questioned for 11 hours two days ago by police claiming that he had confessed to betting, and Shilpa, came in a statement recorded by his business partner Umesh Goenka, a bookie, during investigations into IPL spot-fixing scandal. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said Kundra remains "very much" part of the investigation.

However, he added, Kundra was "not the focus" of their probe as there is no evidence as of now to suggest that he was into spot-fixing. Police sources said Kundra had claimed during questioning that he lost Rs 50 lakh in betting during IPL IV season, Rs 40 lakh in IPL V and Rs 12.5 lakh in the just concluded IPL VI.

"We do not buy this argument. He had told us that he placed bets on matches played by Rajasthan Royals. In this season, his team won 11 out of the 16 matches it played and it is hard to believe that he lost money in betting," a senior police official said.

Asked about Shilpa, he said Goenka claimed that the actress placed a bet of Rs one lakh. "We are verifying all these claims," he said. Kumar denied allegations that Kundra was given special treatment by police.

Asked about Delhi Police not invoking Gambling Act like its Mumbai counterparts which charged Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan, he said they do not have supporting evidence to arrest Kundra.

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6:00 pm: Rajasthan Royals say Kundra has no involvement in running of franchise

Rajasthan Royals has played it safe and like the Chennai Super Kings has dissociated itself from Raj Kundra following allegations of illegal betting in the IPL against him.

"As a franchise, we have always been clear that the same rules apply to players, management or owners. As such, our actions will be consistent as in the case of the spot fixing allegations with respect to our players. Mr. Raj Kundra is a minority (11.7%) shareholder, and he has no involvement in the running of the franchise," the team said in a statement.

The team said that Kundra had a low stake in the team and had little to do with its running but if found guilty, he would have to forfeit his stake in the team.

"We believe that Mr. Raj Kundra is a law abiding citizen and would not act contrary to law. If however, he is proven guilty, or has breached any regulations, he will be suspended, and he will also forfeit his shares," the team said in a statement.

"This is a strict governance procedure agreed to by all Rajasthan Royals shareholders, and it is consistent with our zero tolerance approach," it said.

The team also said they were assisting the Delhi police in their probe.

5:30 pm: Delhi cops want non-bailable warrant for Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim

After stating that they have evidence that the spot fixing racket was linked to the underworld, the Delhi police has reportedly applied to a court seeking a non-bailable warrant for gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.

The court has adjourned the hearing until Monday. However, even if the court does agree to issue the warrant it would make little difference to the duo who have multiple warrants and look out notices issued against them. And it's not like the Delhi police can serve them the warrant. 5:20 pm: Sreesanth's lawyer says bail hearing adjourned to Monday Sreesanth's bail plea which came up for hearing before a court today has been adjourned till Monday, reported ANI. The cricketer, who is still lodged in Tihar jail, is not only seeking bail but is also contesting the application of sections of the stringent MCOCA to his case. His lawyer continued to oppose the application of MCOCA saying that the sections of the law were wrongly applied but for this weekend, the fast bowler's going to remain in jail. 4:15 pm: Kundra appoints lawyer to defend him Facing accusations of betting in the Indian Premier League matches, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra today appointed criminal lawyer Majeed Memon to defend his case. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had said after interrogation that Kundra had admitted to betting in IPL matches. But Kundra, whose passport has been seized, remained defiant and said that the truth will come out. "I have now appointed Mr Majeed Memon as my council (counsel) my official statements coming soon through Memon sir. Truth will prevail!," Kundra tweeted. Kundra, a British national, was questioned for 11 hours on Wednesday after cricketer Sidharth Trivedi told police that the Royals owner's business partner-friend Umesh Goenka used to ask for information regarding team formation and pitches. (PTI) 2: 50 pm: Delhi police chief says evidence shared with BCCI, reiterates lack of evidence against Kundra Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar said that they have shared all the information they have discovered in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case. "We will go after somebody only if we have material evidence," he told Times Now.  "Our focus is not on Kundra. He featured in disclosures and thats why we thought it prudent to question him," Kumar said. However, irrespective of what Shilpa Shetty may have tweeted, the Delhi Police chief said that he won't rule out calling her for questioning. "Ours is not a short term investigation it will take time," Kumar said. 12: 20 pm: How the story of Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty went sour Writing about Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra's sudden descent into controversy, Firstpost's Sandip Roy writes: The truth is like the other Bollywood star turned team owners, Shilpa Shetty used her Bolly-glamour to add oomph to her team’s profile when the going was good. Stars don’t just happen to own IPL teams. They are supposed to lend their glamour to those teams and provide them with Bolly razzle-dazzle. And they take full advantage of the insatiable celebrity appetite of a starstruck public and a star-hungry media. A celebrity is always good news fodder. A celebrity getting knocked off the pedestal is even better news fodder. Read more here 9.32 am: Rajasthan Royals to be shown the door from IPL? According to a report on Hindustan Times, while owner Raj Kundra might be let off with a small fine if the betting charges against him are proved, the establishment of his association with the spot-fixing scandal could have adverse effects on the future of Rajasthan Royals in IPL. HT reports:

Kundra's act has put the very existence of his team, Rajasthan Royals, in danger. In the BCCI-IPL contract, clause 11.3 (c) of the franchise agreement states that a franchise may be terminated with immediate effect if "the franchisee, any franchisee group company and/or any owner acts in any way which has a material adverse effect upon the reputation or standing of the league, BCCI-IPL, BCCI, the franchisee, the team (or any other team in the league) and/or the game of cricket."

Simultaneously, Chennai Super Kings could face the heat too with similar charges being levelled against Gurunath Meiyappan. HT reports: "If Royals go, the action on CSK will depend on the scrutiny of their franchisee agreement with the BCCI-IPL." End of updates from 6 June.  10.19 pm:  Raj Kundra says don't misconstrue silence for guilt Raj Kundra has said that he is soon going to make a statement about his involvement in betting in the IPL and also added that one should not misconstrue his silence for guilt. 7.08pm BCCI's interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya press conference "BCCI has appointed Sanjay Patel from Baroda Cricket Association as honorary secretary. There is one more vacancy which we will fill up in two days," Dalmiya said. Referring to the three-man commission to probe the IPL betting and spot-fixing allegations, he said, "The commission will now have two retired judges to probe the betting and spot-fixing in IPL." This means there will be no replacement for Sanjay Jagdale, who was a part of the committee earlier. The BCCI interim president said that the betting allegations against Rajasthan Royals promoter will come up in the next Working Committee meeting. "Raj Kundra issue will be discussed in the Working Committee. The Working Committee meeting will be held on 10 June at 11 am in New Delhi. We will look into the details and if it demand any strict action we will look into the matter," he said. Answering to a query on legalizing betting, Dalmiya said, "Let us first deal with this. This is far-fetched and premature as of now." 6:15 pm: Welcome new law to curb match fixing, says Kumar "A new law is welcome and would make things simpler for the police...There is a very strong campaign for legalised betting but according to me that will not solve the problem," Kumar said. He pointed out that the betting would not be carried out except using black money. We spoke to Goenka and then Raj Kundra and the duo had made identical statements, Kumar said. He, however, refused to speak about the amount that had been bet. Kundra's passport had been retained in order to continue the probe further in the matter, he said. "It is premature to say whether I am giving him a clean chit or not..." Kumar said.  But when pressed the Rajasthan Royals co-owner wasn't off the hook just yet. 6:12 pm: No evidence to show Kundra made any player under-perform, says Delhi police chief The Delhi Police chief said that there was no reason for a co-ordinated probe against Kundra since they were completely different cases. He, however, did not rule out giving the information they had to authorities to investigate allegations of money laundering against Kundra. "As of now there is no evidence to show that Kundra has influenced any player to underperform," Kumar said. You can never tell how things go though, the police chief said. He also said they were not obliged to inform the media what their next step in the investigations would be, especially whether they would call actor Shilpa Shetty for questioning. "Merely disclosures made to the police is not enough evidence to go against anybody," Kumar said. 6:10 pm: No evidence against Kundra, says Delhi Police chief The Delhi Police chief has said there is no evidence against Raj Kundra in the IPL spot fixing case and since he had confessed voluntarily, they had no other evidence against him. "Supposing we had him on tape while making a bet or making a transaction and we had recovered the money then it was a different matter. Here is a situation where he come to us and confessed. It is not admissible in a court of law," the Delhi police chief told CNN-IBN. "If we had something more like in case of Sreesanth then it would be a different matter," Kumar said. The police chief said there was no question of applying the Gambling Act since it was a 'weak act' and their case was purely to do with spot-fixing. 5:55 pm: Shilpa Shetty says she has 'never bet on any cricket match ever' After her tweets in the morning criticising the media, actor Shilpa Shetty has tweeted a few more times following the new claims and has said that she has never bet on a cricket match and that she and her husband were involved in the IPL because of their love for the game.

 

 

  5:45 pm: Delhi cops say Kundra lost Rs one crore over last three years in betting  PTI is now reporting that Raj Kundra may have lost upto Rs one crore during the last three years while betting on IPL matches.

And for all you Shilpa Shetty fans, its confirmed yet again that she may have been involved in the betting.

The Delhi Police isn't saying though whether they will be calling in the actor for questioning.

5:25 pm: Delhi cops say Kundra may have been betting on IPL matches over last two-three years

A senior police official told CNN-IBN that  Kundra and bookie Umesh Goenka had been betting for  "the last 2 to 3 years" on IPL matches.

When asked why Kundra had been allowed to leave despite his involvement in betting, Special Police Commissioner SN Srivastava told CNN-IBN, "Our focus of this case is fixing and not on betting. At this stage, the evidence we have against RK and Goenka is that of betting. We are still in the process of collecting more evidence. And we'll take a call as we proceed."

Srivastava said that during interrogation it had emerged that besides matches involving Rajasthan Royals, Kundra had also placed bets on matches involving other teams.

"We'd like to ensure that we're on a good, firm ground and then proceed," Srivastava said, adding that they would be verifying the claims made by Kundra during the interrogation.

What this means for the Mumbai Police isn't clear given that their probe is entirely to do with illegal betting. Will they be questioning Kundra and his wife in connection with the bets placed on IPL games? So far they've remained mum.

4.25 pm: Chavan applies for bail

Newly-wed Ankeet Chavan, who has surrendered to Delhi court today after he was given bail to get married on 2 June, has now made a fresh application for bail. The hearing is on Friday i.e. 7 June.

Chavan flew from Mumbai to Delhi today as his conditional bail to get married ends today.

Read more here.

3:10 pm: Will BCCI terminate agreement with Royals?

The BCCI has reportedly said that they have taken cognisance of the statements made by the Delhi police commissioner regarding Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra being involved in illegal betting, reported CNN-IBN. 

Following the admission, the BCCI could call for an emergent working committee meeting where it will discuss the allegations against Kundra and whether it is in violation of the IPL agreement with franchise owners.

If the franchise is deemed to have acted in a manner that has an adverse effect on the reputation of the league or the team, the agreement with them could be terminated, said the sources.

Whether the BCCI will go by  purely the Delhi police chief's statements remains in doubt for now but if the cops are able to provide sufficient evidence to the cricket body, the Royals may just have played their last edition of the IPL .

3:00 pm: Was Shilpa Shetty also betting on team?

And now sources have reportedly told one channel that actor Shilpa Shetty had been betting on the team:

2:50 pm: Cops say they won't arrest Kundra unless evidence found of spot fixing

The Delhi police has told CNN-IBN that they won't arrest Kundra unless they find evidence that Raj Kundra is involved in the match fixing that the three Rajasthan Royals' players and bookies have been arrested for.

Kundra being a UK national won't affect the probe, the police said. However, whether the Mumbai police will swoop down on Kundra for his involvement in illegal betting remains to be seen.

The cops have also said they will assist the BCCI and are willing to give them all their findings. Wait, didn't the BCCI say just yesterday that it had completed its probe into the spot-fixing?

2:20 pm : Jaywant Lele asks what the need was for Kundra to indulge in betting

 

 

1.20 pm: Delhi Police confirm that Kundra was betting on his own team

Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar confirmed to the media that Raj Kundra made bets on Rajasthan Royals: "He (Kundra) admitted to betting on his own team. We have also found out that he suffered significant losses while betting. All his bets happened via (Umesh) Goenka, who is a bookie," he said.

11.28 am: Kundra admits to betting - reports

The latest media reports quoting police sources are saying that Raj Kundra has admitted to betting, but not fixing.

According to Times Now, Kundra had reportedly told Delhi police that if he had been involved in fixing, he would not have lost large sums of money, and that he had proof to back his claim.

10. 45 am: Did Raj Kundra place bets during IPL?

Delhi Police are probing whether Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra had placed bets during the IPL tournament, reports Times Now.

Questions are being raised about Kundra's business partner Umesh Goenka, who was allegedly taking information from on Kundra's behalf, the channel reported.

Meanwhile, ABP News have tweeted that according to sources, Kundra has accepted that we has indulged in betting, but not fixing.

 

Raj Kundra: Image from BCCI

Raj Kundra: Image from BCCI

9.30 am: Police confiscate passport of RR co-owner Raj Kundra

Delhi police have seized Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra's passport, and have reportedly not ruled out the possibility of his arrest. Kundra was questioned for 12 hours on Wednesday and initial reports indicated that he would be made a prosecution witness in the spot-fixing case against three Rajasthan Royals players and a number of bookies.

However post the questioning it emerged that Kundra was also possibly under the scanner.

Click here for a detailed report.

9.00 am: Ankeet Chavan to surrender today

Tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan who received conditional bail so that he could get married, will surrender before a court in Delhi later today.

Reports said that Chavan had already left Mumbai for Delhi.

He tied the knot with his sweetheart and IT consultant Neha Sambari in a low-key ceremony on 2 June. (You can see images from the wedding here)

The bail was given on a Rs 1 lakh personal bond and a surety of the same amount.

End of updates for 5 June 2013

4.10pm : Rajasthan Royals co-owner made prosecution witness

CNN-IBN is reporting that Umesh Goenka, one of the Rajasthan Royals co-owners, will be a witness for the prosecution in the case against the three Royals players arrested for alleged spot-fixing. Goenka had been summoned by the Delhi Police for questioning.

The channel also said the BCCI would hold a working committee meeting in Kolkata tomorrow. The board is still without a secretary and a treasurer.

10.45 am: Rajasthan Royals owner being questioned by police

Owner of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra, is being questioned by the Delhi police in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

All three players arrested in connection with the spot-fixing probe are from the Rajasthan Royals team. There was no information on why Kundra was being quizzed.

End of updates for 4 June

9.10 pm: Sreesanth moves bail plea after MCOCA invocation

Suspended cricketer S Sreesanth today moved fresh bail application before a Delhi court after the police invoked stringent MCOCA against him and others in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain issued notice to the police seeking its reply on the application and fixed the same for hearing on June 7.

Read more here.

9.05 pm: Jaitley unhappy with BCCI meet, Manohar was his first choice

BCCI Vice President Arun Jaitley is not “fully satisfied” with how the Working Committee meeting panned out in Chennai, saying he would have preferred Shashank Manohar in place of Jagmohan Dalmiya as head of the four-member “interim arrangement”.

Bowing to all-round pressure, N Srinivasan had on Sunday agreed to “step aside” as BCCI President under a compromise formula that brought back former Chief Dalmiya as head of a four-member “interim arrangement” to run the Board, more than a fortnight after the spot-fixing scandal rocked Indian cricket.

Read more here.

8.39 pm: Vindoo speaks out, says he has done nothing wrong

A very livid Vindoo Dara Singh told the media that he has never lied in his life and has done nothing wrong.

"I have never lied in my life and I have done nothing wrong," Vindoo said.

Calling Gurunath Meiyappan his friend, he said, "He has also done nothing wrong."

He added that he hasn't heard of half the names taken in the media.

6:45: Vindoo and Meiyappan leave jail

Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan have both left Arthur Road jail after the bail order was cleared by jail authorities.

Expectedly neither answered any questions.

5:20 pm: Dawood Ibrahim listed as an accused in Delhi spot-fixing probe

After invoking sections of Mcoca against the cricketers and alleged bookies, the Delhi Police has reportedly decided to list gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel as accused in the case, reported CNN-IBN.

The move, coming on the same day that the police have invoked the stringent anti-organised crime act, will only make it harder for the accused in the case to get bail.

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Though listing the gangsters will not mean their arrest any time soon, it will make life a lot harder for those arrested in the spot-fixing case. The police also will have its job cut out to prove that the money trail for the spot fixing extends all the way to the absconding gangsters.

3:40 pm: What happened in court today when Sreesanth's bail plea came up for hearing

Police told the court that the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (Mcoca) have been invoked against all the 26 accused as they were allegedly facilitating the illegal acts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma was also informed that Mcoca enables the police to seek further custodial interrogation of accused to unearth the organised syndicate in the case.

The police told the court that it was probing the involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the case and had said that interception of various calls suggested that several big names may be involved in the episode as calls were made to the gangster.

The police had said there are some missing links and they are working on it.

"We are missing the link of the whole episode which will be proved very soon," the prosecutor had said, adding, "Some big names are also involved which I cannot disclose at this stage and they were in regular contact with D company."

Instead of a magisterial court, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jain will now hear the bail applications of 16 accused in the case as Mcoca has been invoked.

The 16 accused, who have filed bail pleas include Sreesanth.The police's move of invoking Mcoca was opposed by the counsel for the accused, saying police does not have approval for it.

Advocate DP Singh, appearing for alleged bookie Chandresh Patel argued that the accused, who was said to be having links with D-company has been given bail in Mumbai and here Mcoca has been invoked.

"How can players be accused of being a part of an organised crime syndicate," he argued. (PTI)

3:00 pm: Former Bangladesh team captain suspended over match fixing charges

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has suspended former skipper Mohammad Ashraful for alleged fixing.

The board took the action amid an investigation into the matter — as match-fixing, spot-fixing and betting in cricket dominate sports headlines following the massive scandal that has also rocked Indian cricket.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan said that Ashraful confessed to fixing to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU): "As Ashraful has confessed his involvement in fixing to the ACSU team, so he should not be allowed to play any level of cricket until we get a full report of the investigation."

Read more here.

1:55 pm: Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan denied bail, sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court has rejected the bail pleas filed by S Sreesanth, Ajay Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and has extended their judicial custody will 18 June, reported CNN-IBN. 

All three will be housed in Tihar jail until 18 June.

The court has also rejected the bail pleas of some of the bookies who have been charged in the case.

1:45 pm: Sreesanth's lawyer says Mcoca being considered to deny bail

Terming the plan for the Delhi Police's plan to impose sections of Mcoca on the cricketers arrested in the spot fixing case as "reprehensible" and "desperate", the legal counsel for Sreesanth said they would strongly oppose sections of the law being imposed.

She said that the Delhi Police's move seemed to have been prompted  by a Mumbai court granting bail to Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh and said it was sadistic and inappropriate behaviour.

"I don't understand how a cricketer can be charged under MCOCA," Rebecca John said told CNN-IBN. 

"The Delhi police has imposed MCOCA solely to deny Sreesanth his right to bail," she said.

She said they would regroup and form a legal strategy to tackle the Delhi Police's potential step.

12:50 pm: Mcoca charges to be slapped on Rajasthan Royals players, bookies

The case against the arrested Rajasthan Royals players and alleged bookies just got worse.

The Delhi Police has decided to slap provisions under the stringent anti-organised crime act Mcoca (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) against Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. The alleged bookies arrested in the case will also face the same charges, reported CNN-IBN.

The provisions under Mcoca, if imposed, will make it more difficult for the arrested cricketers to get bail and will make the punishment more stringent if they are convicted.

The law, routinely used against organised crime syndicates in Maharashtra, is likely to be challenged and strongly opposed by the lawyers of the players and the alleged bookies alike. The players and bookies are presently charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code related to cheating, and are likely to get bail since the sections are bailable ones.

However, this will also mean the police will have to prove links between the accused in the spot fixing racket and organised crime syndicates.

Delhi Police sources have told CNN-IBN that they have evidence of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel being involved in the spot fixing racket and therefore the charges under Mcoca are applicable.

A district judge will however, decide whether the case should be transferred to a special court to conduct the trial under Mcoca.

11: 45: Vindoo's lawyer says they may seek compensation from police over detention

The lawyer for Vindoo Dara Singh has said that they will seek compensation from the Bombay High Court.

"The case under which my client was arrested is illegal and I think we should apply for compensation to the high court," Maneshinde said.

He pointed out that there was no law presently against betting and it was wrong to parade the duo as the prime accused in the case. Maneshinde also pointed out that the duo were charged under sections were bailable and yet had been kept in custody for over a week.

He hinted at a deeper conspiracy within the BCCI that had resulted in Vindoo and Meiyappan being arrested in a case registered in Mumbai.

"This is the second time that in a political war in the BCCI such a case has been registered. It should not have been done," he said.

When asked about when they would seek compensation, he said they would decide that in due course.

However, Meiyappan's lawyer was more restrained and refused to comment on a deeper conspiracy involving the BCCI. The advocate said that they had argued on the grounds that there were no grounds to keep Meiyappan in custody and therefore had been granted bail.

11: 20 am: Vindoo and Meiyappan get bail

A Mumbai court has granted bail to both Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh.

The duo have been granted bail after paying a surety Rs 25,000 each and have told them to report to the investigating officer every alternate day.  The court has also said that the duo cannot leave India without its permission.

Two other bookies arrested in the case have also been granted bail along with the duo, they reported.

Meiyappan and Vindoo are presently lodged in the Arthur Road jail and should be released today.

9:45 am: Vindoo claimed to have known other IPL team chiefs while getting Meiyappan to bet

In an attempt to convince former Chennai team owner Gurunath Meiyappan to bet on IPL matches, actor Vindoo Dara Singh had reportedly claimed to be in touch with the team chiefs of various IPL teams.

"You just place bets and don't worry. I am trying to get more information from my source in KKR,'' the actor is reportedly heard telling Meiyappan in a phone conversation.

The Times of India reported that the actor had clarified though that it was an empty claim made by him and he had no link with the CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders or any other team owners. The Mumbai police have also said that there was no reason to question anyone from the Kolkata team or any other teams for now.

However, PTI reported that Singh had tried to get "inside" information from the CEO of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, according Mumbai police's crime branch.

"Vindoo, during his interrogation, said he tried to extract information from one Venky, CEO of KKR, but did not get any information," a police officer said here.

9:30 am: Meiyappan and Vindoo also seeking bail

Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh will also have their bail pleas heard today and will be hoping for some relief from the court. The duo are both presently in judicial custody and lodged in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai till 14 June.

Meiyappan's lawyer Aabad Ponda argued that the CSK team honcho was not involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing.

"The one case is that of placing bets with Vindoo. Placing bets is a bailable offence. All the sections levelled

against him are bailable except three - 420, 466 and 468 of the IPC. It is not the case that Meiyappan forged documents hence 466 and 468 are not applicable," he argued.

Relying on a Supreme Court judgment, Ponda contended the basic rule is that in a case which does not fetch life imprisonment, the accused should be granted bail.

None of the sections under which Meiyappan has been charged with invite life sentence, he said.

"Meiyappan responded to the summons issued to him by the police. There is no question of him absconding. Tapping of my phones and all other evidence has been taken by the police even prior to Meiyappan's arrest," Ponda argued.

Advocate Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Vindoo, argued that the allegation against the arrested actor can be at the most only for contacting bookies but it cannot be said that he was part of the larger conspiracy.

Maneshinde further argued that the allegation that Vindoo had facilitated the escape of some bookies does not

stand as those bookies were not named as wanted accused the day they left the city.

"There is no reasonable ground that he will abscond or tamper with evidence. The reason why this case was foisted on the accused has been met with yesterday," Maneshinde said referring to N Srinivasan stepping aside as BCCI chief pending inquiry.

The plea had been opposed by the prosecution.

8.40 am: Bail pleas of Sreesanth, Chandila to come up today

The bail pleas of suspended cricketer S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and 12 other accused in the IPL spot-fixing case will come up in Delhi's Saket court on Tuesday. This after the court extended Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila's judicial remand by a day on Monday.

The Delhi Police had initially asked for an extension of up to 5 June, which was dismissed by the court. Bookies Ashwani Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel were also remanded to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Ankeet Chavan, who got married on 2 June, will have to surrender to Delhi Police on 6 June.

Updates for 3 June end

6:55 pm: We have no kind of magic, Dalmiya said

"This is no comeback.This is temporary.This time I thought I cannot shy away," Dalmiya said.

We don't have any kind of magic. Allow us to make a change, he said.

6:50 pm: Dalmiya promises to preserve the reputation of cricket in India

Dalmiya said that he would do all that was necessary to clean up cricket in India.

"I don't know the capability of Jagmohan Dalmiya...I will not leave any stone unturned to ensure the good name of cricket is preserved," he said.

All efforts will be made to achieve goal. It is difficult phase that we're passing through, he said.

6:40 pm: BCCI officials seem to be gone for good, says Dalmiya

Acting BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said that as far former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke were concerned they had received one reply and were awaiting another.

As far as Jagdale is concerned, he has confirmed he has no intention of withdrawing his resignation," Dalmiya said.

He said he had tried to speak with Ajay Shirke but had not been able to get in touch with him.

Dalmiya said that they would wait another 24 hours to get in touch with Shirke.

He refused to comment on any changes to the format of the IPL including features, like strategic time outs, saying it was "too early".

1:50 pm: Meiyappan seeks bail, prosecution opposes

The former team chief of Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh have sought bail now that they are in judicial custody and are eligible for it.

However, the prosecution has opposed the bail plea and is seeking that the duo be sent to jail till 14 June.

1:00 pm: Kerala Cricket Association officials to meet Sreesanth

Two officials from the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) will meet jailed cricketer S. Sreesanth in Delhi Monday, an official said.

"One of the officials, Sreejith Nair, is a criminal lawyer by profession and the Alappuzha district secretary of the KCA. The other represents the district (Ernakulam) from which Sreesanth hails," KCA secretary T.C. Mathew told IANS.

The officials are on a fact-finding mission, as Sreesanth has claimed that he has been trapped and is innocent.

The visit comes as Kerala has dropped Sreesanth from the official advertisement for Kerala Lotteries. His employer Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited has suspended him from his job as an assistant manager. (IANS)

11:30 am: Meiyappan, Vindoo sent to judicial custody till 14 June

Some relief for both Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh with a Mumbai court sending both of them to judicial custody till 14 June. The duo are likely to be sent to the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai.

However, it comes as a relief for the duo who can now apply for bail.

11:20 am: Meiyappan, Vindoo taken to court

The police has taken both Meiyappan and Vindoo to court where they could seek further custody.

11:05 am: Cops likely to seek more custody for Vindoo, Meiyappan?

With the arrest of another bookie, the Mumbai Police could seek further custody of Vindoo and Meiyappan, reported Times Now quoting unnamed sources.

11:00 am: Sanjay Jagdale to meet with Delhi police officials

Jagdale may be out of the BCCI but still has to meet with the Delhi police in connection with the spot fixing scandal involving the three Rajasthan Royals players.

The former BCCI secretary will be meeting with the officers of the Special Cell of the Delhi police to help them understand the nature of the contract, reported CNN-IBN.

10: 10 am: Jagdale says he has no plan of returning

Sanjay Jagdale, who resigned from the BCCI, has said that he will not return to the cricket board.

"I won't go back to the BCCI," Jagdale was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

10:00 am: One more bookie arrested by Mumbai Police

The Mumbai Crime Branch which has been probing the illegal betting racket has arrested alleged bookie Kishore Lalchand Badlani from Mumbai airport, reports stated today.

According to the reports, the bookie was in touch with members of the underworld and would bookies in Pakistan.

9:15 am: Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh in court today

Gurunath Meiyappan, cricket enthusiast and former team principal of Chennai Super Kings, and actor Vindoo Dara Singh are among those expected to be produced in a Mumbai court today as their police custody in an illegal betting case expires today.

Meiyappan has been accused of being part of an illegal betting racket. PTI

Meiyappan has been accused of being part of an illegal betting racket. PTI

Meiyappan and Vindoo have been accused of betting large sums of money on matches involving the Chennai Super Kings. Although the Mumbai Police has claimed they were probing the possible links of the syndicate with spot fixing, all the arrests made so far have been connected with illegal betting.

Meiyappan is accused of placing bets through Vindoo on matches involving the Chennai Super Kings and has already suspended from all cricket activities by the BCCI. He will also be the subject of a probe by the national cricket body.

Will the duo finally get bail today? Watch this space.

End of updates for 2 June

16.46 pm: As things stand

FROM PTI: Jagmohan Dalmiya to take care of day-to-day affairs of BCCI. BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke asked to withdraw their resignation. N Srinivasan to step aside as BCCI President till investigation into IPL spot-fixing scandal is over.

Dalmiya's name was proposed by Arun Jaitley.

16.23 pm: Srinivasan stays, Dalmiya interim president?

According to TV reports, Dalmiya interim president, Srinivasan stepping aside -- he is not resigning.

But before the decision can be announced -- MCA's Ravi Sawant has said that such a decision will not be constitutionally legal. So they need to figure out the way forward.

Meeting adjourned for now. Reports of a working group or a "steering committee" coming through -- Niranjan Shah may have a role to play.

16.11 pm: Srinivasan's excuse

Srinivasan says his resignation will set a bad precedent, according to CNN-IBN sources. This has got to be a joke... right?

Other sources add: All board members to resign if Srinivasan stays.

15.21 pm: Quit Srinivasan movement on in full force

Agitated members ask Srinivasan to resign immediately. Ajay Shirke tells BCCI members that N Srinivasan should step down on moral grounds. Meanwhile, Shashank Manohar has made it clear that there is no provision for interim President.

IS Bindra has written a scathing blog on his website not only about Srinivasan but also about India Cements.

 

 

13.55 pm: There is no stepping aside for Srinivasan

As things stand, there are no provisions in the BCCI Constitution for anyone to step aside. So Srinivasan either resigns or not. Else, they will have to call a SGM within 10 days. Murky.

13.41 pm: Did the BCCI try to cover up bookie involvement?

Meanwhile, on his blog Punjab Cricket Association president I S Bindra wonders aloud whether it was possible to nip the malfeasance in the bud.

On India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010, due to the LTTE operation, a retired general of Sri Lankan army was given charge of the Indian team’s security and he ensured the tightest security arrangements, including installing CCTV cameras on every floor and the lobby of the hotels where the Indian team was staying. At night an official travelling with the team had taken a girl into the room of an Indian player who is also a prominent member of CSK team for last six seasons. It was observed on the footage that the girl spent the night prior to a game. It was so alleged that girl was sent by an individual on ICC's list of suspected bookies. This incident was in gross violation of security as well as anti corruption regulations. On the basis of General's report , the Sri Lankan Board reported these sordid details in writing to the team Manager along with documentary evidence and also informed anti corruption official of ICC. It is understood that under pressure from an official of Indian Board, the Sri Lanka board was made to withdraw the report. Mihir Bose filed this story in The Sunday Times, which was rubbished by the BCCI spokesperson, and Sri Lanka Cricket Board was arm-twisted into denying the whole episode.

Read the full blog HERE

 

13.32 pm: Emergency meet at 1430 hrs

The emergency meet is all set to take place at 1430 hrs IST. Meanwhile, BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav to NDTV: Open to taking post of interim president.

13.26 pm: Manohar or Dalmiya to take over as interim president?

The writing is on the wall. Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla and Anurag Thakur will join the Chennai meeting by video conference from Delhi. Ajay Shirke, who had resigned as Treasurer will be present in Chennai but BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, who also resigned in the wake of the scandal, is still unsure of whether he wants to be present at the meeting.

According to Times Now, Jagmohan Dalmiya -- one of the frontrunners to take over as interim president, has a clean-up plan for the IPL. It includes among other things: No cheerleaders, no timeouts, No owners in the dugout and even a one year holiday period for the IPL to clean up it's act.

9.52 am: Arun Jaitley not keen on becoming BCCI president

Sources told CNN IBN, that BJP leader Arun Jaitley is not keen on taking on the role of the BCCI president in a year preceding the general elections. Jaitley, however, will attend the BCCI meet in Chennai via video conferencing.

2 June, 8.45 pm: 'Will ask Srinivasan to step aside, will not force him to resign'

According to BCCI sources, the cricket body has decided to ask president N Srinivasan to 'step aside unconditionally' till the investigation into son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's links to the spot-fixing scandal is on. The sources told CNN IBN that, "We will not push for N. Srinivasan's resignation or impeachment." Adding that the board has not yet arrived on the consensus on who will replace Srinivasan. Shashank Manohar, according to reports, is still not willing to become interim president

End of updates from 1 June

9. oo pm: Jagdale, Shirke welcome Shukla's decision to quit

Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke on Saturday welcomed IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla's decision to step down from the post in view of the recent controversies surrounding the T20 league and said it's time the credibility of Indian cricket was restored.

"That is his decision. He is at the eye of storm. Perhaps he must have realised the gravity of the situation. It's never too late. But the real issue is how Indian cricket moves ahead and the credibility of BCCI is restored," Shirke said when asked to comment on Shukla's resignation. Read more here.

 

8.45 pm: Shukla’s resignation doesn’t absolve him of IPL mess: Modi

Lalit Modi has held Rajiv Shukla responsible for the entire “mess” in India Premier League and said by merely resigning from the position of the IPL chairman doesn’t absolve the politician-cum-cricket administrator from his “wrongdoings”. Read more here.

8. 30 pm: Ankeet Chavan to tie knot Sunday

Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths will keep a hawk’s eye on guests attending the wedding ceremony of disgraced Rajasthan Royals cricketer and an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal Ankeet Chavan in Mumbai on Sunday.

Chavan is tying the knot with his sweetheart and IT consultant Neha Sambari in a low-key ceremony. Read more here.

6. 45 pm: Rajeev Shukla resigns as IPL Chairman

Rajeev Shukla resigned as IPL Chairman on Saturday evening saying he took the decision in view of the recent controversies.

A day before the emergency meeting of the working committee in Chennai, Shukla took the decision to quit saying that he felt it necessary to do so in the light of the recent developments.

"I have decided to quit as IPL chairman. It is a decision which I was pondering over for some time. I think it is time to step down," Shukla told PTI.

Shukla said that he also took into account the resignations of BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke before taking the decision to step down.

"Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in the best interest of Indian cricket. I thought this is the right time," he said. Read more here.

2.45 pm: Srinivasan puts three conditions before stepping down - sources

According to TV reports, N Srinivasan has put a few conditions in front of the board if they want him to step down:

- He wants to represent India at ICC.

- He wants to elect his own Treasurer and Secretary before stepping down.

- He won't allow a non-board member to become the next President.

- Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke cannot return to the BCCI fold.

- Wants to be restored once he is cleared.

The sources also added that the BCCI will not give in to these demands.

1.45 pm: Pressure on Srinivasan to quit relentless

Jyotiraditya Scindia has once against spoken against Srinivasan, saying: "There are dark clouds over cricket in India, Srinivasan should resign and a free and fair probe should be done."

Meanwhile, Goa Cricket Association President Vinod Phadke has said: "If the majority says Srinivasan has to resign then we will also be with the majority. According to me everybody will pressurize Srinivasan to resign."

1.00 pm: Shashank Manohar could take over as working President

TV reports are rife with reports that former BCCI President Shashank Manohar could take over as the new working President — if Srinivasan steps aside till the probe is complete. CNN-IBN quotes sources as saying that Srinivasan will not be impeached, but will simply step aside — hinting at a compromise formula.

Former cricketer Kirti Azad has told the TV channel that if Srinivasan quits, 'everything will be okay' at the BCCI.

Meanwhile, BCCI Vice President Sudhir Dabir has said that he will honour whatever decision the Working Committee takes on Srinivasan's fate.

12.15 pm: BCCI meeting to take place tomorrow

N Srinivasan has called for an emergency BCCI meeting tomorrow. All the board members will meet at 2.30 pm at the Park Sheraton in Chennai. Pressure has been mounting on Srinivasan over the past week, and hit a peak today with Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke resigning from the BCCI. It is expected that he will either step aside till the probe is complete, or resign - paving the way for a new President.

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed the meeting: "I have heard that Srinivasan has called for a meeting tomorrow, and Arun Jaitley is right - there will be an important announcement after the meeting. I request the media to wait for another day."

Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur also confirmed the meeting: "A Working Committee meeting has been called for tomorrow at 11 am in Chennai. I believe we have many issues to discuss - all that has taken place in the last few days will be discussed tomorrow."

Earlier it was reported that the meeting would take place on 8 June.

Click here to read a full report.

10.10 am: According to CNN-IBN, Gurunath Meiyappan told Mumbai Police someone called Terry in the ICC had warned him orally in April on bookie links. No formal communication was established wit the BCCI in this regard, claimed Meiyappan.

9.48am: BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur to Times Now:

"Resignations of two top BCCI members (Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke) unfortunate. We all think that there needs to be more transparency in the board."

Thakur also added that Jagdale and Shirke may have resigned because of the pressures of handling the situation - but he denied that there was any political pressure behind the resignations.

"Anyone - anyone who is a culprit should be punished. In a day or two, there will be some important steps taken by the BCCI. The police probe is on, but everything will be clear in the upcoming meeting. The meeting can also be preponed."

9:30 am  As the BCCI crisis lingers on, clamour for N Srinivasan to quit has gotten louder.

According to an NDTV report, Srinivasan has reportedly been served an ultimatum by the five vice-presidents of the board  to quit or accept their resignation. The five  vice-presidents of the BCCI  are Arun Jaitley, Shivlal Yadav, Chitrak Mitra, Niranjan Shah and Sudhir Dabir.

"Wait for a day and you'll hear something significant," BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley told CNN IBN, when asked if the five Vice Presidents of the Board, including him, could put in their papers on Saturday.

Sources told Times Now that Central Zone vice-president Sudhir Dabar will resign today.

But, Srinivasan remains adamant and has reiterated that he will not quit.

Meanwhile, Ajay Shirke, BCCI's treasurer and the board's secretary, Sanjay Jagdale, resigned from their posts on Friday. Their resignation came three hours after the Mumbai Police claimed that the ICC had warned IPL team CSK chief Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, about his suspected involvement with bookies weeks before his arrest.

Chennai hotelier Vikram Aggarwal to be grilled today

9:00 am  Meanwhile,Chennai hotelier Vikram Aggarwal who is being probed for his links with bookies betting on IPL matches, will be question by Mumbai Police again today. After evading the police for a few days and refusing to honour the summons by Chennai Police, Aggarwal finally appeared before the Mumbai Police crime branch on Friday to record his statement. Owner of Radisson Blu hotel,  Aggarwal is reportedly a  "key link" between the betting syndicate and Bollywood celebrities. betting.

Updated Date: Jun 07, 2013 18:53:40 IST