A day after the Justice Mudgal Committee faulted Tamil Nadu Q Branch for not sharing an interrogation report on bookie Uttam Jain aka Kitty, it now transpires that the officer who interrogated Kitty, in his deposition before the panel, said the bookie had named CSK captain M S Dhoni on match-fixing.
Former Q Branch superintendent of police G Sambathkumar quoted Kitty as saying that Dhoni had agreed to throw an IPL match in Jaipur on May 12, 2013, against Rajasthan Royals and score 140 runs. CSK finished with 141 for 4, one more than the agreed score and ended up losing the match in 17 overs, with Dhoni scoring just 2.
To substantiate his point, the SP also cited the investigation into a fake passport case against Kitty. As per the submission, Vikram Agarwal, a city-based hotelier, and friend of Kitty, told the latter that negotiation was on to fix the match between RR and CSK, and ‘CSK team principal’ Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, had to communicate to Dhoni and few others to clinch it.
At a dinner party, usually arranged either by Gurunath or Vikram Agarwal for select guests and IPL players, Agarwal informed Kitty that some deal has been worked out. “Later, after the dinner party Meiyappan had confirmed to Dhoni agreeing to play as per plan and that the team will score 140 runs. This was communicated to somebody (Sanjay) in Jaipur over phone by Vikram Agarwal when Kitty was around,” the SP submitted. Besides Agarwal and Gurunath, their wives Vandana Agarwal and Rupa Gurunath, were also friends, according to Kitty. Through Gurunath all CSK players got acquainted with Agarwal, especially Dhoni and Suresh Raina.
Meanwhile, the SP had also given information about the possible match-fixing links with the Australian network.