New Delhi: Cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan may have been given a clean chit by a Delhi court in relation to 2013 Indian Premier League match fixing, but latest news report show intercepts by the Delhi Police regarding their involvement.
According to a report in the CNN IBN, Delhi Police intercepts have strengthened the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to refuse to lift the ban on these cricketers.
The news channel claimed that they were in possession of several tapes of conversations between the cricketers and bookies — and even broadcast a conversation between Chandila an alleged bookie.
The tapes apparently revealed that all of these three cricketers were in touch with bookies during the IPL in 2013.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth fixed a performance during a Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab match in May that year. It was also claimed that Chavan fixed a deal worth Rs 60 lakhs with bookies.
The Delhi Police have decided to file an appeal in the high court against the lower court's order discharging all the 36 accused in the case.
"Delhi Police has decided to file an appeal in the IPL spot fixing case against the discharge of the accused. We have already got approval of the Law Department of Delhi government and Commissioner of Police," Special Commissioner of Delhi Police's Special Cell SN Srivastava told media persons in New Delhi on 14 August.
A Delhi court last month had discharged the former Rajasthan Royals cricketers who were accused in the 2013 spot-fixing case, saying the police had failed to gather "all necessary ingredients to establish a prima facie case" under stringent MCOCA.