New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday fixed December 8 for commencement of arguments on framing of charges in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal case in which suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, have been chargesheeted.
Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna listed the matter for December 8 after Special Cell of Delhi Police told the court that it would start arguments on framing of charges in the case.
During the hearing, the advocates representing the accused submitted that the arguments should be heard in batches as there were several accused in the case. "Accused having identical roles should argue together in batches otherwise it would be a never ending process," one of the defence counsel said.
The police, meanwhile, gave names of accused in six groups to the court, saying as per the charge sheet, the persons named in one group have similar roles in the entire conspiracy. The first group contains names of Dawood Ibrahim, his aide Chhota Shakeel, who were declared as proclaimed offenders by the court earlier, and others.
Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan have figured in the third group having 13 names. The accused would advance their arguments on framing of charges in the case from January 7, next year.
The court had earlier declared Dawood, Shakeel and Chandigarh-based Sandeep Sharma, who were chargesheeted by the police, as proclaimed offenders as they are evading arrest in the matter.
The police had told the court that properties of Dawood and Shakeel in Mumbai have already been attached in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and upon inquiry, it was revealed that they have not visited India since 1993.
It had submitted that Dawood had properties in his name at Dongri in Mumbai whereas Shakeel owned property in Nagpada there.