Howzat?: Indian superstars Dhoni, Raina caught in spot-fixing net

The committee also found that Gurunath Meiyappan was in regular touch with bookies and punters.

Our Correspondent February 11, 2014
Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are under the scanner for alleged spot-fixing. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Top Indian cricketers MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are under the scanner for alleged spot-fixing after some classified parts of investigation into the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption scam were leaked to a section of the Indian media on Tuesday.

The English-language weekly magazine, India Today, published an article with excerpts from the investigation report submitted before the Indian Supreme Court on Monday by a three-member inquiry committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.

It states that investigating officer G Sampath Kumar had come across bookies while probing the scam and that the report submitted to Justice Mudgal named top cricketers Dhoni and Raina. The report also says that that former BCCI president IS Bindra had also stated that he knew two former reputed Indian players who were allegedly involved in match fixing.

The committee, which was constituted by India’s top court to probe the scandal that surfaced last year, found that Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of new ICC boss N Srinivasan, was involved in betting during IPL matches. Srinivasan is the chairman of the company that owns Chennai Super Kings which Dhoni is a part of.

The Mudgal committee report mentions six Indian players who have been accused of collaborating with bookies but does not name them, saying at this stage that the allegations are only allegations but investigations should be conducted.

“In connection with match-fixing, Kitty said that Vikram Agarwal and wife Vandana Agarwal and Gurunath Meiyappan and his wife Rupa are very good friends. Through Meiyappan, all Chennai Super Kings players are familiar with Vikram Agarwal, especially MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Vikram Agarwal and Meiyappan used to organise dinner parties for select guests and the team…,” reads the report.

The report observes that it is far too easy to get access to players during the IPL which leads to them being lured into joining the illegal betting syndicate. It also suggests attachment of security and anti-corruption officers with all IPL teams constantly — but not in a way which affects players ‘morales’.

It also says that there should be ‘strict control of telephonic access; only cellular telephones issued to players by the BCCI should be allowed and details of calls made and received should be available so as to allow monitoring by the BCCI’. It also has a section which talks about disclosure by players.

The Mudgal committee report says representatives of India Cements, who appeared before the Committee, contended that Meiyappan had no share holding in India Cements and hence cannot be considered as an owner of CSK. Further, Dhoni, Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of CSK and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK.

However, the Mudgal committee says that Meiyappan would be with the team (CSK) during the practice sessions; would be present during team meetings, at the auction table, in the owners dug out; participated in the IPL owners meet, travelled with the team, participated in the IPL owners workshop representing himself to be the owner of CSK and held out to the world at large as the team principal/team owner of CSK.

The committee also found that Meiyappan was in regular touch with bookies and punters. “There are several calls between Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh, who was a punter himself and Singh was in very close proximity with several other bookies, as is evident from the telephonic transcripts produced by the Mumbai Police” the report says, while recommending a full probe of both CSK and Rajasthan Royals, headed by Indian businessman with British citizenship, Raj Kundra.


Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2014.


amal | 8 years ago | Reply

Dhoni paid Rs 3 lakh to acquire 30,000 shares at par value in March 2013, amounting to a 15% equity holding, Rhiti said. But the shareholding was transferred back to the promoters when payments were cleared in April 2013, said the statement from Arun Pandey, the chairman and managing director of Rhiti.

Rhiti did not explain the nature of the transaction for which Rs 3 lakh was due from a company that reported a turnover of Rs 63 crore in fiscal 2012. It also did not explain who paid the money to Dhoni and at what price the shares were transferred. “This is not a share buyback in which the company uses its money but a promoter has bought back the shares,” says an accounting expert who did not want to be named.

amal | 8 years ago | Reply

i am sure dhoni is the main player who cheated indian cricket lovers..some guys are talking its a rumour..BCCI also supporting this betting because they are now looking to how to make money.. not how to make our cricket strong..dhoni have a strong relationship between these bookies and strong hold in BCCI he fixed not only IPL matches but also national matches.dhoni have international criminal relationships also.. in 2009 t20 w.c super six matches dhoni fix it and india lose if any doubt plz check out that matches ...its quit clear when india chasing the total dhoni on crease asking rate is going high this indian caption not looking to hit the ball he just missing & taking singles ... why he do that that balls are not high level international ball its only minimum level balls .. especially the ground are small.. even over pitch balls & "FULL toss" ball he missed it and not looking to hit.according to dhonis caliber these type ball is very easy to hit out of the ground... why after dhonis dismissal BHAji came down and show some fighting .. gets some 4&6's why dhoni do this...think it.. another issue is when sreesanth caught for sport fixing the police took him to jail like terrorists we all see that right... at that time BCCI came with a special enquiry commission and they investigated that case baned seesanth for life. The original fact is this case is running under supreme court now.. & court is also with the side of sreesanth..

we all know RHITI SPORTS MANAGEMENT. Dhoni found himself in a controversy when it came to light that he had 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports, which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, besides the Indian captain.

Obviously, the documents that have come out indicates that it has been a conflict of interest as far as Dhoni’s involvement with Rhiti Sports is concerned,” former cricketer Kirti Azad told "“I don’t mind if an ex-cricketer is acting as an agent for a living. But when I see Pragyan Ojha being relegated to second choice left-arm spinner suddenly and Ravindra Jadeja being valued at USD 2 million after being banned for trying to cut underhand deals in IPL, I guess something is wrong. “Also if the company didn’t have sufficient money, how did they issue shares and paid it back,” Azad pointed out. Another former cricketer Maninder Singh also felt if the captain indeed had shares it was a clear case of conflict of interest.

“But who do you expect to stop the rot when the BCCI President has gone against everyone who has stood up for the game. Basically the President has been saving the captain who is also vice-president in his company,” he said.

Former India opener and currently DDCA Vice-President Chetan Chauhan said ethically it was not correct for Dhoni to have stakes in the company which manages him.

“Ethically this is not correct. It seems to be trickling down from the President. The Board officials need to take some harsh decisions and make it clear what business the players and officials can float of their own,” he said.

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