IPL spot-fixing: Sreesanth remanded for five days in police custody

New Delhi: Arrested Indian pacer S Sreesanth and 10 others, including two more cricketers of Rajasthan Royals franchise, were on Tuesday remanded to police custody for five more days by a Delhi court for interrogation in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Saumya Chauhan extended the police custody of Sreesanth, who looked tense during the court proceedings, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila till May 26 after Delhi Police said it needed to make more recoveries and the accused are required to be confronted with each other.

The court sent four arrested bookies--Rakesh Oberoi, Dipit Garg, Ajay Goel and Amit Gupta--to jail till June 4 as the Special Cell of Delhi Police submitted their custodial interrogation was over.

The three cricketers and 11 bookies were produced in the court after expiry of their five-day police custody while the 15th accused, former Ranji player Baburao Yadav, was arrested this morning.

Seeking five days more custody of the accused, the police said the probe is going on in the case and it also needs to analyse all the recorded conversations of the players and the bookies.

Investigators also told the court that they have taken the voice samples of the accused to match them with their recorded conversations.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told the magistrate that during the investigation, several new names have cropped up in the case and their details will be submitted in the court in a sealed cover on Wednesday.

The prosecutor told the court that police have also recovered a mobile phone allegedly bought by Sreesanth for one of his female friends from the bribe money.

He also said section 409 of the IPC, which deals with criminal breach of trust and entails a maximum of life imprisonment, has been invoked against all the accused.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Sreesanth, opposed the plea for further police custody saying that in the past five days the agency has recovered everything and except Yadav, all other accused have already been arrested and they were also confronted with each other.

When confrontation was being done for the past five days, then for what purpose police requires their custody, she said.