IPL spot-fixing: Tainted trio to be produced in court today

Last Updated: May 21, 2013, 09:06 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, the three Rajasthan Royals players who were suspended after being arrested for their alleged role in spot-fixing scandal in the ongoing IPL 6, would be produced in a court in Delhi on Tuesday.

The tainted trio, along with ten bookies, was arrested on Thursday from Mumbai and sent to five-day judicial custody. It was learnt that Delhi police, who unearthed the whole spot-fixing scandal, would seek further custody of the players and the bookies.

Beleaguered Rajasthan Royals on Monday terminated the contract of the three players esides filing an FIR against the tainted trio.

The IPL last week found itself engulfed in a sensational spot-fixing scandal after Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were arrested by the police which claimed that they received upto Rs 60 lakh from bookies for bowling one manipulated over.

The IPL on Monday had also stepped up security for the four remaining teams in the cash-rich T20 league by providing them an officer each from the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- in Mumbai last Thursday for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies, who have underworld connections abroad.

The BCCI had already suspended the disgraced trio pending further enquiry. It was learnt that if the players were found guilty, they would be banned for life from playing all forms of cricket.

Meanwhile, investigators on Monday had seized Rs 20 lakh stacked in a cricket kit kept in the house of a relative of arrested cricketer Ajit Chandila whose voice samples along with that of two bookies were taken to match with tapped conversations in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

BCCI`s anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani, who has been asked to head the probe in spot-fixing by the cricketing body, had held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar yesterday and other top officials and offered all help.

Police sources said Ranji player Babu Rao Yadav, who was in Railways team, was picked up for questioning from Delhi earlier in the day. It was revealed that he introduced Ajit Chandila to the bookies.