Corruption in the IPL June 11, 2013

Sreesanth, Chavan released from jail

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, two of the three Rajasthan Royals players who were imprisoned in Tihar jail for alleged involvement in spot-fixing, were released on Tuesday evening. Their team-mate, Ajit Chandila, who was arrested for the same charge, has not applied for bail.

"I am very happy. I should thank my lawyer. It was a testing phase for me, the last 27 days," Sreesanth said after his release. "I believe in the Indian judiciary and I am sure my innocence will be proved.

"I don't want to forget this (episode) but I think it taught me a lot of things. All I can say is that I played the game in true spirit. I always gave my heart and soul for the game. I am very happy and relieved. I must thank God first for sure and then my fans, family, friends, lawyer and all well wishers who stood by me during this testing time.

"I have not done anything wrong and my innocence will be proved," he told NDTV. "I can't wait, after six surgeries on my left and right toes, all I wanted to do was play good cricket, which I did in the IPL. I just want to play for India again, asap. I will, I have full faith in myself and the judiciary."

Both Sreesanth and Chavan, who had to surrender their passports, were originally remanded to judicial custody until June 18 after the Delhi police invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against them. But after a hearing at a Delhi court, the judge ruled that there was not enough evidence against them to keep them in prison and granted bail. Seventeen others who were arrested along with the cricketers were also granted bail.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested on May 16, along with eleven bookies, and were charged under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

BCCI's ACSU chief Ravi Sawani, who was investigating the charges levied against the three players, had submitted his report to the board on Monday.

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  • bharath74 on June 13, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Guys just chill, everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Pls dont come to conclusions without proper evidence.

  • Ivan on June 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    We should always, always remember - innocent till proven guilty. It is so easy to condemn other people but as it says in the scripture 'if you are without sin, you can cast the first stone". Even if they did make a mistake, remember that we are all frail human beings with many imperfections. There should be a clear path to rehabilitation.

  • dinesh on June 12, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    if at all there is a spirit in cricket. then give them a kind of punishment who are guilty so that future generation can keep up the spirit of Cricket

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Reply to S Ramesh,

    Excuse me, He is talking me and many other people like me who still think that Shreesanth is a good cricketer adn amazing entertaining person. Allegations are levied often and people do come out of it.

    I am an advocate and I know how things work, he may not be able to play for India because we have tough competition and Indian selectors wont take risk to pick a tainted imaged cricketer in the team when there are players of equal capabilities.

    Now, the next thing, if the same situation would have been for Kohli and Dhoni, and they would have come out clean of this mess, they would have picked for the team, because India doesnot have a replacement.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    I am sure these guys are guilty and now they have got way to get out so they are saying that they are playing with true spirit and all. I hope our judiciary will definitely took right action. But why Ajeet is still behind the bars ???

  • Ramesh on June 12, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Forget playing for India...See how you can get yourself out the mess you are in..And please stop talking about the support of fans...which fans are you talking about??

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