Corruption in the IPL July 30, 2013

Sreesanth among three Royals players in police chargesheet

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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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  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I'm a true cricket lover cheating in any format is insult to your profession and the game itself which brings you all the joys, fame, wealth and happiness . All these player knows what is good for them before entering in the field. So there is no point of forgiveness let these player become example and salute to the officials who bring the true picture to us.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY ghtvnath 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 .

  • POSTED BY sourab21 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..

  • POSTED BY crciketlover on | July 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.........

  • POSTED BY PaKi-WiNg 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 stake...as 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

  • POSTED BY ruester 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I'm a true cricket lover cheating in any format is insult to your profession and the game itself which brings you all the joys, fame, wealth and happiness . All these player knows what is good for them before entering in the field. So there is no point of forgiveness let these player become example and salute to the officials who bring the true picture to us.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY ghtvnath 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 .

  • POSTED BY sourab21 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..

  • POSTED BY crciketlover on | July 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.........

  • POSTED BY PaKi-WiNg 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 stake...as 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

  • POSTED BY ruester 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.

  • POSTED BY donavan27 on | July 30, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    They should be banned for life!!! I don't remember anyone pleading for Hansie to get a 2nd chance, any cricketer found guilty of cheating does not deserve to be out there on the field.

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | July 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Sreesanth and other players arrested for spot fixing should be punished heavile even banned for a few years. But, I believe if players like Asif, Butt & Aamir are getting a second chance after spot fixing in a test match, these guys need to get another chance too after committing a mistake in the IPL which is more of an entertainment & money making option than anyhting else. They have worked very hard to get to where they were before the fixing saga and a momentary lapse should not cost them their career and with it a livelihood. They should be educated and should spread awareness so that other players don't fall in the same trap. It is time to find out and act against people who are running these rackets so that the sport can be kept clean and temptation free, to ensure that the future players don't have the wrong option to resort to.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    6000 pages of charge sheet can never be justified. We should correct the legal system which needs this sort of charge sheet in the first place.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    why the names of team owners alleged of spot fixing are missing? As i said earlier, there is no evidence against gurunath!

  • POSTED BY currie_I_G on | July 30, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Evidences produced by the Delhi Police has always looked suspect and lacked substance. Let's see what the court decides. I hope Sreesanth gets justice. I feel he is innocent and is being framed by delhi police.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 30, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Posted by sathishsrivats on (July 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

    The 6,000-page charge sheet --what a waste of paper.time to start thinking about saving paper in our country.

    Now consider the bigger picture...

    Time to start thinking about saving what remains of the great game of cricket in your country. 6,000 pages suggests that there has been a lot of investigation, which, given the slippery nature of those under legal scrutiny, may well be necessary to secure justice in this complex matter. It is bound to be far more thorough than the BCCI's appointees' report that found 'no evidence of wrong-doing'! That, in the light of subsequent news surrounding this issue, appears to be the real waste of time (and paper!).

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    he should ban completely, he cheated whole indian nation. so other learn the lesson

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The matter is still under sub judice and no comments aouldn br offered at this stage

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Another sad day for the cricket fans. All these spot fixing cases make you wonder about the credibility of the games today. Hope Sreesanth is punished with bans comparable to former cricketers, Mohammed Amer, Salman Butt and Asif.

  • POSTED BY sathishsrivats on | July 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    The 6,000-page charge sheet --what a waste of paper.time to start thinking about saving paper in our country.

  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | July 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Delhi Police investigations didn't look convincing from the beginning and gave the impression that they were desperate to come with some charge sheet before the present Delhi police chief retires.

  • POSTED BY hayer on | July 30, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Sreesanth let the whole cricket lovers down. Never expected this from such a passionate cricketer. I hope he will be punished enough so that other can learn a lesson.

  • POSTED BY lemonstealer on | July 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    the issue of player involvement in spot fixing in a country like ours with far more glaring issues is quite trivial unless looked at in isolation,so lets look at it in isolation and the disrepute its brought to our beloved game.its cheating because you are cheating the 2nd biggest stakeholder of the game,the public,an average fan questions every wide bowled,every 4 or 6 hit of the last ball,every wicket that falls against the run of play,starts associating low or high run rates or scores,victory or defeat everything to spot/match fixing.as heart breaking as it is for anyone part of the cricketing fraternity its outrageous to think that these guys could be jailed for bowling a no ball for a bit of money to secure their livelihood.ban them from playing any competitive cricket for life for all you like,putting them behind bars is utter nonsense

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | July 30, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    The first spot fixing article that we have been allowed to comment on. This is an unfortunate end to Sreesanth's career. With Zaheer struggling, Ishant middling and Umesh taking a while to live up to potential - it would have been Sreesanth leading the attack in South Africa later this year. He always had problems with patience but never expected him to take things this far.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Never expected fixing from shreesanth. He should be banned from cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Never expected fixing from shreesanth. He should be banned from cricket

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | July 30, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    The first spot fixing article that we have been allowed to comment on. This is an unfortunate end to Sreesanth's career. With Zaheer struggling, Ishant middling and Umesh taking a while to live up to potential - it would have been Sreesanth leading the attack in South Africa later this year. He always had problems with patience but never expected him to take things this far.

  • POSTED BY lemonstealer on | July 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    the issue of player involvement in spot fixing in a country like ours with far more glaring issues is quite trivial unless looked at in isolation,so lets look at it in isolation and the disrepute its brought to our beloved game.its cheating because you are cheating the 2nd biggest stakeholder of the game,the public,an average fan questions every wide bowled,every 4 or 6 hit of the last ball,every wicket that falls against the run of play,starts associating low or high run rates or scores,victory or defeat everything to spot/match fixing.as heart breaking as it is for anyone part of the cricketing fraternity its outrageous to think that these guys could be jailed for bowling a no ball for a bit of money to secure their livelihood.ban them from playing any competitive cricket for life for all you like,putting them behind bars is utter nonsense

  • POSTED BY hayer on | July 30, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Sreesanth let the whole cricket lovers down. Never expected this from such a passionate cricketer. I hope he will be punished enough so that other can learn a lesson.

  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | July 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Delhi Police investigations didn't look convincing from the beginning and gave the impression that they were desperate to come with some charge sheet before the present Delhi police chief retires.

  • POSTED BY sathishsrivats on | July 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    The 6,000-page charge sheet --what a waste of paper.time to start thinking about saving paper in our country.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Another sad day for the cricket fans. All these spot fixing cases make you wonder about the credibility of the games today. Hope Sreesanth is punished with bans comparable to former cricketers, Mohammed Amer, Salman Butt and Asif.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The matter is still under sub judice and no comments aouldn br offered at this stage

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    he should ban completely, he cheated whole indian nation. so other learn the lesson

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 30, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Posted by sathishsrivats on (July 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

    The 6,000-page charge sheet --what a waste of paper.time to start thinking about saving paper in our country.

    Now consider the bigger picture...

    Time to start thinking about saving what remains of the great game of cricket in your country. 6,000 pages suggests that there has been a lot of investigation, which, given the slippery nature of those under legal scrutiny, may well be necessary to secure justice in this complex matter. It is bound to be far more thorough than the BCCI's appointees' report that found 'no evidence of wrong-doing'! That, in the light of subsequent news surrounding this issue, appears to be the real waste of time (and paper!).