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Asad Rauf charged in IPL betting scandal

MUMBAI: Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf and the son-in-law of the Indian cricket board's (BCCI) president were charged by Mumbai Police on Saturday in a betting scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, was arrested in May after being quizzed by police probing illegal betting on the Twenty20 league.

A total of 22 people have been charged for gambling, cheating and fraud, the police said.

“The chargesheet runs into 11,609 pages and was submitted in the honourable court this afternoon,” Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of Mumbai Police, told reporters in Mumbai.

The 57-year-old Rauf, who has officiated 48 tests and 98 one-day internationals, was removed from the Champions Trophy panel in May by the International Cricket Council following reports of his involvement in the scandal. He has maintained his innocence and called for proof regarding the allegations of corruption against him.

The BCCI last week banned former India fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and another player for life on spot-fixing charges.

BCCI chief Srinivasan has distanced himself from Meiyappan, who was a top official with the IPL's Chennai franchise.

“This is a matter for Mr Gurunath Meiyappan to deal with. If he is chargesheeted, the law will take it own course,” Srinivasan told reporters in Chennai.

“It is up to him to defend his position, it has got nothing to do with me.”

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Ahmed Bilal Khan
Sep 21, 2013 10:28pm

There is a school of thought or conspiracy theorists who believe that IPL is primarily an idea to earn money by fixing thrillers/ fixed matches.... its just like WWE ... all staged.

Sep 21, 2013 10:32pm

Asad Rauf must be brought to book by the BCCI only if match fixing allegations are true

Sep 22, 2013 02:46am

Another pakistani, another shame! liars, cheaters and frauds where ever they go what ever they do, shame!

Sep 22, 2013 03:13am

Great, another Pakistani giving us a bad name. these people need to be banned from everything, never officiate again.

Sep 22, 2013 03:30am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan: There is also "a school of thought or conspiracy theorists who believe that" many Pakistanis prefer fiction over facts.

Sep 22, 2013 05:09am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan:

You are not far off Ahmed. The cricket is now all about money like soccer. Players are playing the game year-round. I believe this corruption and match-fixing we see is only a tip of the iceberg.

Sep 22, 2013 05:20am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan: sour grapes ??

Sep 22, 2013 09:17am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan: all these allegations & matches are pre-planned with some good script writing & placing Asad Rauf into this category is a shame & if he is innocent then he shud contact the PCB

Sep 22, 2013 09:21am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan: all these allegations & matches are pre-planned with some good script writing & placing Asad Rauf into this category is a shame & if he is innocent then he shud contact the PCB

Tariq Khan
Sep 22, 2013 09:49am

unfortunately We Pakistanis (mostly) love only money we dont know what is honour and respect ....Rauf did the same which Asif, Salman and Aamir did. Rauf must be punished according to laws.

Yusuf Raza
Sep 22, 2013 10:01am

This crook has been known for corruption and dishonesty and yet he continues to umpire in major events. When will ICC punish him and the likes with life ban.

rishab sinha
Sep 22, 2013 10:31am

@Ahmed Bilal Khan: bro but the fact is world loves WWE.....same is the case with would be better if we could categorize it in SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT genre..:D

Kakka Karachi Ka
Sep 22, 2013 10:36am

All the bad in India is only because of Pakistani connections, as the residents of India, being the descendants of Bhagvan or Harigens or not capable of doing wrong.

Jawaid Sami
Sep 22, 2013 11:10am

Indian Police is looking for a scapegoat, Asad Rauf may be an easy prey. They are showing leniency on real culprits for example N. Srinivasan and others. Mr. Rauf, please have a good lawyer if you are innocent and fight it all the way. In the end file for a defamation and get retired rich.

Sep 22, 2013 01:55pm

@Jawaid Sami: Apparently Rauf told Bindu Dara Singh (another accused) that put as much as money you want, no matter what Mumbai will win today. Police put this as evidence in the court.

Sep 22, 2013 01:52pm

@mujahid: Whats more important for PCB? a Tri series in India or one Asad Rauf?

Tri-Series in India = Money. They can sacrifice one of their own for the sake of it.

Sep 22, 2013 02:19pm

@Jawaid Sami: Indian police is not lenient with anybody. They have chargesheeted the son-in-law of the BCCI chief. Asad has been found guilty. Police should clean up the system, irrespective of anybody's status, relations or nationality.

Sep 22, 2013 02:43pm

@Kakka Karachi Ka: We never say we are the best and our people never do any wrong. Whosoever does any wrong shall face the consequence of the same.

Sep 22, 2013 10:48pm

what a waste.he was technically a very good umpire but alas! his folly came out in his compromised judgement and lack of character. should be taken to task

Sep 23, 2013 10:10am

Hard evidence has to be presented to show Asad's involvement in the fixing charge! Or else, Asad should file a massive lawsuit to IPL\BCCI & ICC for defamation and loss of potential earnings!!! I think cool USD 30 million should be a good slap on BCCI & ICC!!

Sep 24, 2013 04:43am

Why can't this guy keep out of the news. His pictures with a girl in his bedroom were published by newspapers around the world and now this. He should be kicked out of the cricketing world immediately.