Corruption in the IPL July 30, 2013

Sreesanth among three Royals players in police chargesheet

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Delhi police has named Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan among 39 people - including Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted criminal - as accused in its chargesheet in the IPL spot-fixing case. While Chandila is still in jail, the other two cricketers are out on bail, which the police has formally moved the court to cancel.

The 6,000-page charge sheet names 39 persons as accused for offences under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). "The players and others have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and dishonesty," special public prosecutor Rajesh Mohan told AFP.

The prosecution witnesses include Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan Royals captain, Royals bowlers Siddharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh, and franchise officials.

Police told the trial court that the accused were "part of a larger betting syndicate" controlled by Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, according to Mohan, and "knowingly abetted the operation of this international organised crime syndicate."

Sreesanth and Chavan had been granted bail by a Delhi trial court on June 10 along with 17 others, also arrested in relation to the case. They had, however, been asked to surrender their passports. Chandila has not applied for bail yet.

While granting bail, the judge had said the Delhi police had not produced enough evidence to charge the players under the MCOCA, a special law passed by the Maharashtra state government to tackle organised crime syndicates and terrorism which contains far stricter provisions relating to bail and admissibility of confessions compared to the Indian Penal Code.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested on May 16, following which they were suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiry. They were charged under the Indian Penal Code sections 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating, and criminal conspiracy. Section 409, which deals with criminal breach of trust by a public servant, which was earlier brought about by the Royals management, has been dropped as the police could not gather sufficient evidence to substantiate the charge.* Royals also suspended the contracts of all three players, who were allegedly promised money ranging from US$36,000 to 109,000 by bookies for under-performing.

* - 0300 GMT, July 31, 2013 - Details of Section 409 was added to the copy

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Cricket administration should be looked after by Cricketing professionals not by politicians or businessman

  • Tharindu on July 31, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Its not only people like cricket, not only people love cricket either. They worship cricket and the players who play cricket are like gods. They are passionate about the cricketers. The cricketers should respect that.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Hopefully Bringing BCCI and IPL under the RTI will lower such type of unethical practices in indian cricket .

  • SOURAB on July 31, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    well these people hv certainly brought game into disrepute...they must be banned from playing cricket for their entire life..

  • Chandan on July 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Sreesanth should be punished & There should be a detailed enquiry of the Team Owners

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    This Chandila guy should be extremely lucky to bag the IPL contract despite just a couple of domestic matches to show as experience. Not only that, he was already 29 when was selected in the playing XI. Got more luckier when he scalped the wickets of Sachin and Ponting in succession. Lady luck was smiling until then, when he decided to do something odd out of greed and here he languish in prison. Quite a fairy tale indeed.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    you canot ban any one for life may it be the injustice you know what happend whit Mohammad Azharudin his ban was lifted in 2010 as illegal.........

  • faisal on July 31, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    players are at fault but i think they should go for the real cause of all this mess and by that i mean these bookies who dont care about anything but them self...and players should realize that they are putting there careers and reputations on soon as any bookie tries to approach them they should immediately inform authorities...i dont know others players much but sreesanth is a good talented bowler who already played for india..well i hope they learn from there mistakes

  • Rue on July 30, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    I am disgusted and frustrated by the cricket fans who argue that players that cheat and under perform should only be fined and given a short ban! The only way that cricket corruption can be stamped out is to have a zero tolerance policy. If you are caught then you are banned for life, no matter who you are and what country you are from. I do not agree with people who say Amir should be given a second chance as he was so young and inexperienced. Give me a break, I knew what cheating was when I was five years old and knew it was wrong. Amir is an adult and he made a bad choice, therefore he should never be seen on a cricket field again. If he loved the sport he would never of considered cheating. Prison sentences and life bans are the biggest deterrent you can have.