KOLKATA, India (AP) — India's cricket chief Narainswamy Srinivasan said on Sunday a committee will look into allegations against his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan after his arrest during investigations for spot-fixing by Indian police.
"Meiyappan has been provisionally suspended from cricket and all involvement from the Chennai franchise," Srinivasan announced at a press conference. "A commission will look into whether he's in breach of operational rules and the management of Rajasthan Royals will also be part of the inquiry."
Meiyappan was reportedly in touch with actor Vindoo Randhawa who is alleged to be involved in the scandal that erupted with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players — test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust have been brought against all three players, who also stand provisionally suspended by the BCCI.
"There is no allegation against me but against Chennai Super Kings. I'll not shirk my duties and have no intention of resigning from the Board of Control for Cricket in India," said Srinivasan, who is the president of the BCCI and also the managing director of India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings.
Srinivasan was asked about the role of Meiyappan, who was referred to as the Chennai team's chief executive and often seen in the team dugout before India Cements clarified that he was only an honorary member of the management team.
"He was named in the management only for the purpose of getting in (the stadium) but it is for the commission to look into it," said Srinivasan, who is considered the most powerful man in world cricket owing to India's financial clout.
The spot-fixing investigations had gained momentum last week after Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were arrested for allegedly manipulating certain parts of IPL games and receiving money from bookmakers in return.