Trivedi records statement in Delhi court
Rajasthan Royals bowler Siddharth Trivedi has recorded a statement at the Saket District Court in Delhi in relation to the case against his three team-mates - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - who were arrested on charges of fraud and cheating during IPL 2013. Trivedi will be a witness for the prosecution.
Trivedi made his statement before a magistrate, which under section 164 of the Indian Penal Code means it is admissible as evidence. "He is not seen as a suspect, he had a periperal role and he never acted, he was refusing all the time," SN Srivastava, a Delhi police official, told NDTV. "In their cases they had agreed to perform or under perform, in Siddharth Trivedi's case he never agreed to perform at all."
Srivastava also said "nothing has come on any other player at this stage".
ESPNcricinfo understands Trivedi had declined multiple approaches by bookies and had also reported an approach by a bookie to the Anti Corruption and Security Unit during IPL 2012. Last year, Trivedi was among more than a dozen cricketers approached by undercover India TV reporters acting as bookies during a sting operation and was among those who turned them away. On Thursday, Trivedi travelled from his home in Ahmedabad to Mumbai and reached Delhi, it is believed, early this morning to record his statement before the court.
The three players were arrested on May 15, soon after Royals played Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to bookmakers during this year's tournament. The players were allegedly promised money ranging from US$36,000 to $109,000 for their participation in spot-fixing.
They were charged by Delhi Police under three laws of the Indian Penal Code: Section 409, which deals with criminal breach of trust and is a non-bailable offence; Section 420 which deals with deal with fraud and cheating; and Section 120B, which deals with deals with criminal conspiracy. The Delhi Police had registered cases against the players under Sections 420 and 120B. The charge under 409 was added to the list following Rajasthan Royals' complaint against the three.