Corruption in the IPL September 9, 2013

Chandila granted bail by Delhi court

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ajit Chandila has been granted bail by a Delhi court in the IPL spot-fixing case. According to PTI, the court took the decision after ruling that the prosecution had "missing links" in their case.

Chandila and his Rajasthan Royals team-mates Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan had been arrested, along with 11 bookies, on May 16 and charged under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating and conspiracy. Sreesanth and Chavan had successfully made bail and were released on June 11.

The court also directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to examine the issue of the missing links within a month. "It is very surprising," the judge said. "There are some missing links in the case. I am sending the full file to the Commissioner of Police to let the case be examined." The court also fixed October 7 as the date for hearing the prosecution's plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to the three cricketers and the others arrested.

Chandila was named as one of the accused in a 6000-page charge sheet issued by the Delhi police, along with Sreesanth and Chavan. In June, the police had invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), a special law passed by the Maharashtra state government to tackle organised crime syndicates and terrorism, against all three cricketers. But after the police failed to provide adequate evidence to support the addition of the MCOCA charge, a court in Delhi had upheld Sreesanth and Chavan's plea for bail. The two of them were released from custody on June 11, while Chandila had not applied for bail then.

Chandila had later submitted that he had been falsely implicated and said the police had "mischievously added" provisions of the MCOCA to the charges to keep him from getting bail. His counsel Rakesh Kumar had said Chandila had no connections to Dawood Ibrahim or his aide, Chhota Shakeel, who are among India's most wanted criminals. Both of them are also charged in the case and the police allege that they control the betting syndicate in India.

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  • Nirmal on September 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    what if this cricketers declared innocent after 3 yrs? Who will be responsible for financial & goodwill loses?

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Makes you wonder doesn't it. Were the players really involved in anything insidious or was it just a Police Officer's last Hurrah? The whole thing stinks to high heaven

  • Abdul on September 10, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Why don't they have fast track courts to deal with corruption in sports? Everybody are eager to know if these players are guilty or not...dragging the case for months together, not knowing whether they are guilty or not in turn spoiling their careers & earning potential is not doing good to their future at all..........

  • T on September 10, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    As terrible and damaging to cricket as the deeds of Messrs. Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan are, it is clear that they are not part of organised crime. While, I commend the Delhi Police in doing all the hard work in trying to combat this bane of match-fixing, the constitution of India and the rule of law are more important than match-fixing. Granted, that here in India, sadly, it is not uncommon for the police to bend if not outright break the law while enforcing order, wrongful application of MCOCA in such a high profile case as this sends out a wrong message. Punishment must fit the crime

  • Sajish on September 10, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    What is happening with this Investigation? Now Chandila released on Bail after spending more than 4 months in Jail. Is these players are really guilty or what? If not why spoiling their dignity and career? Why they have charged MCOCA? A lot of questions to be answer to Cricket Fans worldwide. Now these players alongwith the players who were witnessed to so called meetings with Bookies are not featured in any teams or the past 5 months or more. The charges levelled against them are not allowing them to pursue their cricketing career. I feel very sad about young spinner Harmeet Singh, God know what these players have done wrong. Only time will tell. If these players have done nothing then BCCI should come fast with a statement and clear their names from this mess. Warned them and allow them to play cricket again. It is good for the game Cricket. But somebody at the top should act fast.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    "Too many loopholes in the prosecution case"; means what? That, they want to show the world in general and cricketing fraternity in particular, that these boys committed such crimes; but not particular to get them prosecuted under criminal law?Or, are they of the opinion, that BCCI ban for certain number of years, is enough?. I think, IF ANY OF THEM IS GUILTY, putting them behind bars is the only adequate deterrent. Especially for the youngsters who want to "leapfrog" into an entirely different life style, too early and too fast.

    How are we going to give strong warning signals, to such boys, which will work?

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