Mumbai Police on Friday indicated it would not extend the deadline for Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan to appear before it for questioning in the T20 League betting scandal, saying “he has been asked to present himself by 5 pm today”.
“Meiyappan was served summons yesterday (Thursday) which asked him to present himself before the crime branch here between 10 AM and 5 PM today. So, he has to present himself by 5 PM today,” a deputy commissioner rank officer involved in the probe said.
He, however, parried questions about whether Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president and CSK owner N Srinivasan, would be arrested if he fails to make an appearance today.
On Friday afternoon, Meiyappan and BCCI president N Srinivasan were spotted at their Kodainakal holiday home on Friday.
According to reports, Meiyappan had got into a vehicle and was driven away towards Madurai.
Sources said that Gurunath would take a private flight from Madurai to reach Mumbai in today evening to appear before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
A legal team is also said to have reached Madurai to assist Meiyappan.
Meiyappan had on Thursday sought time till Monday to appear before the Mumbai crime branch, hours after it issued summons to him for personal appearance.
It is believed that CSK honcho wanted to be spared from making a personal appearance before the T20 final encounter on Sunday which his team is set to play in Kolkata.
Though the exact contents of the letter faxed to crime branch was not yet known, the CSK honcho wanted to be given time till Monday as he wanted to attend IPL final in Kolkata on Sunday in which his team would clash with winner of Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the last play-off today.
Meiyappan is under the crime branch scanner for his proximity to Bollywood actor Vindoo Randhawa who was arrested for his alleged association with bookmakers.