Spot fixing: Court asks police to respond to Sreesanth`s plea

Last Updated: May 18, 2013, 18:27 PM IST

New Delhi: A court here on Saturday asked Delhi police to respond to a plea of arrested Indian pacer S Sreesanth that he be supplied with a copy of the FIR lodged against him and 13 others in the alleged IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

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"Heard. Issue notice of the present application to the IO (investigating officer) for May 20," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said after the lawyer for the cricketer advanced submissions on the plea.

Sreesanth, his two teammates of Rajasthan Royals franchise and 11 bookies were remanded to five days of police custody on May 16.

Earlier, the cricketer, who is being quizzed by the Special Cell in connection with the case, had moved the application seeking a copy of the FIR to prepare his defence.

Meanwhile, the court today allowed the defence lawyers to inspect the copy of the FIR.

While seeking seven days police custody for interrogation, the police had told the court that Sreesanth and his IPL teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, who were arrested in Mumbai early this week, had betted and taken money for every ball and run in every over.

Sreesanth and two other cricketers were arrested in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai on May 16 by Delhi police for spot-fixing in IPL matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakhs for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

It said the cricketers had indulged in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad.

The players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, have been booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.