New Delhi: BCCI's disciplinary committee on Monday banned Ajit Chandila for life, while Ankeet Chavan was slapped with a five-year ban due to their role in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the former Rajasthan Royals spinner Chandila features prominently in the Delhi Police Special Cell’s 6,000-page chargesheet on the case.
According to the transcripts, Chandila tells Chavan, "60 bol diya meine usko, done ho gaya hai (I have confirmed the deal for 60)."
He also instructs Chavan to turn the sweat band around the wrist during the game as the signal to confirm the fix.
In another conversation, an alleged bookie, Sunil Bhatia, offers Chandila “30 peti (30 lakh)” for “ek over mein kaam karake do (to fix one over).”
Delhi Police tapes also feature Bhatia talking to another alleged bookie Tinku Mandi. The duo is heard discussing possible signals before finally zeroing on “kissing of Hanuman locket” by the bowler to indicate that the fix was on.
Though Chandila was not part of the game, in which the spot fixing occurred, against Mumbai Indians in 2013, he told Chavan to concede 12 or more runs in the over that he would bowl by making the ‘sweat band’ signal.
Chavan conceded 15 runs in that over.
The IE report further claims that Chandila made a call to a bookie immediately after the Chavan over at 8.19 pm.
“Khush ho gaye sethji (You happy?),” he says. “Hain, khush, khush, khush (Yes, happy, happy, happy).”
The bookie loses his cool when Chandila says he isn’t expected to get a game this season for RR.
“Mere ko Saibaba ki kasam hai aap zindagi main, kabhi kaam nahi kar sakte. Main tumhare ghar main jaado marke jaonga jis din aap kaam karoge (You will never be able to fix, I will sweep your house the day you fix a game),” says the bookie.
“Ajitbhai main tumhare saath IPL ke baad aisa kaam karjaonga ki tum life main kabhi kisi ke saath galat nahi karoge (After the IPL I will do something to you, after that you wouldn’t betray anyone),” he says.
Here is another brief conversation between the two bookies Sunil Bhatia and Tinku Mandi.
TM: Chasma daal ke bowling karado (Should I ask them to wear sunglasses?).
SB: Chasma daal ke bowling karado .. agar woh nahi kara tu yeh bolon ki apna right side pe watch pehne (Bowling with sunglasses .. if that doesn’t work, ask them to wear a watch on the right hand).
TM: Suno chain hai inke gaale main .. thik hai (Are they wearing a chain around their necks?)
SB: Haan Haan … chain uske gaale main hai …(Yes, they are)
SB: Hanuman ji ka locket hai .. kya karna hai bolo …(Hanuman locket is there, what to do?) TM: Dono ko locket choomne ke liye bol do … (Ask both to kiss the locket.)