IPL spot-fixing: RR player made witness, records statement in court
New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals` player Harmeet Singh on Wednesday recorded his statement before a court here after the Delhi Police decided to make him a prosecution witness, tightening their case against three cricketers in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Police sources said Singh told the court that bookies had urged him to indulge in spot-fixing during 2012 and 2013 editions of IPL but he did not entertain their advances.
A left arm spinner from Mumbai, Singh recorded his statement in-camera under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma.
As the process of recording his statement before the magistrate was completed, Police listed him as a prosecution witness and he will again testify in the court, during the trial, about the alleged offer made to him by his arrested teammate Ajit Chandila and bookies.
Singh, who had represented India in its U-19 team in two World Cups, was instrumental in RR`s win in IPL`s last season.
Police sources claimed fixers and bookies had tried to lure Singh with gifts to indulge in spot-fixing but he "did not act accordingly".
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals bowler Sidharth Trivedi, who had played for Saurashtra in Ranji for past 10 years, had also recorded his statement before the magistrate and had given details about the three arrested players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan-- and other bookies, their meetings, etc.
In a related development, bookie Ashwani Aggarwal on Wednesday retracted before Additional Sessions Judge Renu Bhatnagar from his confessional statement recorded by the police saying it was recorded by "force, undue influence and coercion".
Ashwani said in his application that the Delhi Police Special Cell officials have threatened to harm him and his family members if he does not "confess".
Meanwhile, advocate Rakesh Kumar representing Chandila also argued on his bail application and questioned the police on what basis it has invoked MCOCA against his client.
Arguing on the grounds of parity with those granted bail on June 10, Chandila`s counsel told the court that two more accused have also been released on bail on similar grounds.
In the same case, the court had on June 10 granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and 19 others for lack of evidence against them to be charged under MCOCA.
The Delhi Police on May 16 arrested Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan of Rajasthan Royals, on the charge of spot-fixing.
Delhi Police had slapped MCOCA provisions on Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and 26 others in the case, alleging they were acting under the command of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.
At present, eight accused, including Chandila, are in jail and arguments on their bail applications will continue on Thursday also.