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Wife Of Bollywood Actor Caught In Cricket Spot Fixing Scam Says He Is Innocent

posted 31 May 2013, 06:58 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 31 May 2013, 06:59 ]

Estranged Bollywood actor, Vindu Dara Singh, who is caught in the spot-fixing scam gets support from his Russian wife, Dina Umarova, who claims that he is innocent and is being held hostage in this controversy.

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRAINDIA (MAY 31, 2013) (ANI0 -  Estranged Bollywood actor, Vindu Dara Singh, who is caught in the spot-fixing scam got support from his Russian wife, Dina Umarova on Friday (May 31), who claimed that he was innocent and was being held hostage in this controversy.

The Indian Premier League Governing Council had appointed a three-member commission of inquiry on Tuesday (May 28) to look into the charges against Meiyappan, formerly Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, as well as the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers who have been arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

The commission would comprise of two former High Court judges Justice TJayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian along with the Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sanjay Jagdale.

"He is innocent. Why do you harass him? He didn't do anything at all. He is an innocent man and he is just hostage there," Umarova said, while speaking to mediapersons in Mumbai.

Furthermore, reports suggested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had warned the BCCI and the IPL governing body about the involvement of Gurunath Meiyappan in the scam.

Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI chief, N. Srinivasan and also in-charge of the Chennai franchise in the cash-rich domestic league.

Former Indian cricketer, Kirti Azad, said that if these reports were true, then the topBCCI officials must surrender before police and face charges of criminal conspiracy.

"If the allegations are true that ICC had informed the IPL and the BCCI, then I would say straight now, with whatever integrity that I have in me, is that all of them should resign from their posts and should go to the nearest police station, hand themselves over to the police and be available for interrogations that can be done because I think, if as alleged, the ICC had informed them, then I think they are the biggest culprits and the biggest traitors of this country," said Azad.

Three players of Rajasthan Royals team - former Test player Shanthakumaran SreesanthAnkeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila as well as over a dozen of bookies were arrested on suspicion of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League matches.

Sreesanth has been accused of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs in one of his overs during a May 09 match against Kings XI Punjab.

The President of BCCI, Narayanaswami Srinivasan is at the epicentre of controversy after the scam engulfed his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan who at that time was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an IPL team, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Incidentally the CSK franchise is owned by India Cements Limited of which Srinivasan is the Chairman-cum-Managing Director.

Meiyappan was arrested after being questioned for hours by Mumbai Policeprobing illegal betting on the money-spinning and glamorous Twenty20 IPL tourney.

Ever since, Gurunath was nabbed, there were clamours in the local media of politicians and cricket fans demanding the resignation of BCCI chief, N Srinivasan.

Earlier on Tuesday, a designated court in Mumbai had extended Bollywood actor,Vindu Dara Singh's custody till May 31, arrested in connection with spot fixing.

Reportedly, it was Vindu's revelation during the interrogation that led to the arrest of Gurunath.

Legal sports betting in India are confined to horse racing, while illegal gambling syndicates thrive in the absence of a law dealing specifically with such corruption in sport.

Media estimates put the amount gambled on India's top T20 tourney of IPL at $427 million in 2009.