New Delhi: Three former Rajasthan Royals cricketers, including former India speedster Sreesanth, will be in focus on Saturday when a Delhi court is likely to pronounce its order on match-fixing charges related to the the 2013 Indian Premier League .
The court will give its orders on the charges of the Special Cell of Delhi Police who have got reports on them. The players are alleged to have fixed matches during the 2013 Indian Premier League.
Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan have been banned by the BCCI and the impact of the match-fixing and betting scandal went on to rock the cricket world including former BCCI supremo N Srinivasan.
N. Srinivasan, whose aspiration to remain president of BCCI was negated by a Supreme Court order earlier this year, has been the biggest casualty in the IPL 2013 scandal but no player has been punished by the court so far.
Earlier, on May 8, Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna reserved the order on framing of charges after special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed written submissions in support of his arguments advanced in the case.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police had chargesheeted 42 accused in the case. These include underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.
The investigation conducted by the police had earlier come under scrutiny of the court which had questioned its theory of "match fixing", saying there was prima facie no evidence showing that matches were fixed by the accused. The defense counsel had also argued there was prima facie no evidence to frame charge in the case.
In June last year, the court had granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and others accused for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Chandila was also granted bail.
The police, in its chargesheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been "controlling the fixing and betting market" in cricket in India, were behind IPL spot-fixing.
(With Agency Inputs)