Corruption in the IPL May 31, 2013

Trivedi records statement in Delhi court

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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.

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  • on May 31, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Wonderful.. To me Siddharth Trivedi is a Hero.I sincerely hope he does not get victimized, down the line, for standing up and speaking . Its easy to get lured or to take shortcuts or to be silent but needs hell lot of guts to stand up for values !!

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Take a bow to this courageous young man. Because of cricketers like him, the faith of the true fan will remain with the game. I hope many more will take inspiration & come out in open to help in getting to the bottom of this pit. And also it will inspire other young cricketers to stand up against such elements, which are trying to tarnish this beautiful game.

  • YogifromNY on May 31, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I hope the BCCI does something positive to recognize this young man. It takes guts to stand up to the bookies. Considering their underground links, it is not easy to turn them away and not be afraid of some consequences. Hats off to Trivedi for doing so.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 31, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    This is really a combination of number of things. Honesty+ bravery + strength is what he is made of. I do not know his personal background but don't think he would have made any great money in IPL (being an uncapped player) but still didn't compromise one bit on his values. Hats off!

  • on June 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Players like Trivedi encourage fans to follow Cricket even after all these. Hope is still alive.

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on June 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Hi Trivedi,

    please take some personal security cover, if police does not provide adequate protection.

    We R all concerned with your safety, as U have gone against these goons.

    keep the protective layer for 12 months, as least. Switch off, if U do not get any threatening calls.

  • on June 2, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    proud of u trivedi as a RR fan

  • on June 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    This guy along with Zaheer Khan was once considered as future of fast bowling in india. See his bowling averages. He never got indian cap but his act has made him a hero..hats off...

  • on June 1, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Hats off to Sid! Respect!! Really Brave!!!

  • howzzzat on June 1, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Trivedi! You deserve bharat ratna than anyone else.

  • on May 31, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Wonderful.. To me Siddharth Trivedi is a Hero.I sincerely hope he does not get victimized, down the line, for standing up and speaking . Its easy to get lured or to take shortcuts or to be silent but needs hell lot of guts to stand up for values !!

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Take a bow to this courageous young man. Because of cricketers like him, the faith of the true fan will remain with the game. I hope many more will take inspiration & come out in open to help in getting to the bottom of this pit. And also it will inspire other young cricketers to stand up against such elements, which are trying to tarnish this beautiful game.

  • YogifromNY on May 31, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I hope the BCCI does something positive to recognize this young man. It takes guts to stand up to the bookies. Considering their underground links, it is not easy to turn them away and not be afraid of some consequences. Hats off to Trivedi for doing so.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 31, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    This is really a combination of number of things. Honesty+ bravery + strength is what he is made of. I do not know his personal background but don't think he would have made any great money in IPL (being an uncapped player) but still didn't compromise one bit on his values. Hats off!

  • on June 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Players like Trivedi encourage fans to follow Cricket even after all these. Hope is still alive.

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on June 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Hi Trivedi,

    please take some personal security cover, if police does not provide adequate protection.

    We R all concerned with your safety, as U have gone against these goons.

    keep the protective layer for 12 months, as least. Switch off, if U do not get any threatening calls.

  • on June 2, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    proud of u trivedi as a RR fan

  • on June 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    This guy along with Zaheer Khan was once considered as future of fast bowling in india. See his bowling averages. He never got indian cap but his act has made him a hero..hats off...

  • on June 1, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Hats off to Sid! Respect!! Really Brave!!!

  • howzzzat on June 1, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Trivedi! You deserve bharat ratna than anyone else.

  • on June 1, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Trivedi u are awesome proud of u..thank you so much for not cheating dravid

  • rijulshah on June 1, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Trivedi was among more than a dozen cricketers approached by undercover India TV reporters acting as bookies ...who were the other cricketers??

  • Nathan_R_Patrick on June 1, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    @ anilvenkat77 read the article. He did report it during IPL-2012.

  • jkmrao on May 31, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Trivedi is certainly courageous. I hope the police give him adequate protection as the betting gangs may cause bodily harm to him. We need more straightjackets like him.

  • on May 31, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Hats off to a young gentleman who has the courage and conviction to stand up against corruption. Feel proud of you Sid - keep it up !!!

  • GrindAR on May 31, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Let him bringup the case of repeated evidence that neither BCCI/IPL nor law enforcement agents fulfilled their duties as fair and clean organization. They over all altogether let things happen in their watch and fish on selective basis. I would like him talk openly to expres his observation on the establishment as a whole and how pathetic situations are handled, lack of laid out straight forward procedures for players to understand without a law expert's translation. Overll ill vindicted event. Let them explode the issue and whoever(in future as well) behind the scenes in ruyining careers, will never get anymore opportunity. If police was true to their commitment, they must do the cleanup through the last hanging end cases. If they leave the root and pluck only the flowers (before ripen), they just are damaging role players.

  • SensibleCricket on May 31, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Cricketers like these still make me go back and get hooked-on to the TV screens during a cricket match, while still keeping faith in the game and its spirit.

  • cover_drive_sach on May 31, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Amidst all the negativity surrounding the cricket and IPL, this news is a breath of fresh air..It's commendable that he didn't get lured by the money offered by the bookies..You are an inspiration to many budding cricketers..Trivedi, take a bow..

  • ProdigyA on May 31, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Bravo Sidd Trivedi. You deserve morethan a pat on the back.

  • anilvenkat77 on May 31, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Why did Trivedi reached out to Police before or notified his team mgmt abt this?

  • Agni_25 on May 31, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Good job by Trivedi... I'm curious to know the what action have been taken by ACSU on the bookies that Trivedi brought to their notice? Have those bookies been arrested? There should have been a token of appreciation to Mr.Trivedi on a public forum for bringing this to ACSU.

  • Akshay_Gupta on May 31, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Hats off Siddharth Trivedi.. you are one proud son of your parents and India... there is hope..

  • ThatsJustCricket on May 31, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Awesome. These are the true role models we need...

  • rahujafbd on May 31, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I am proud you Sidarth Trivedi. Honesty is the best policy.

  • on May 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    People vouching for Trivedi to get the India cap are actually undermining his years of hard work. Sport is not only about the recognition, it is also about self esteem, achievement within our own self. If Siddharth gets a national call up ONLY due to his integrity, we are undervaluing his dedication to cricket, his cricketing skills - even if they are not adequate enough to be an International cricketer - as well giving a wrong message to the masses. Every human being should demonstrate courage and integrity by default, it is sad that this is not the case. But by promoting Siddharth ONLY for showcasing these basic qualities, it is like giving bonus to an employee for coming to the office on time. He should be applauded, but should not be honored for this.

  • givenUP on May 31, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I would reward Trivedi by giving him a spot in Team India, at least for one match.

  • Romenevans on May 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    At least we have some hope of positive after 2 months of torture for fans. Sid you make us proud boy! I can't believe he was the part of RR's bowling attack and stood against all those devils.

    I hope police will provide security to this guy and wish good things happen for him. Good luck and thank you for your honesty.

  • Romenevans on May 31, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Respect for Trivedi. This guy was also mentioned in some other sting operation last year and he came out clean by rejecting those bookies and here he is again.

    I hope we'll have more honest people in this beautiful game.

  • on May 31, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I really stand by and Vouch for the statement by Jose Puliampatta here.Well said Mr.Jose.Royal Salute to Players like Trivedi.

  • Cricket-Buff on May 31, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Deserves to be complimented for standing up against corruption rather than being silent.

  • on May 31, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    The sun hasn't set on Indian cricket. Young men like Siddharth do have in them what it takes to take the gentlemen's game into the future. This is a good answer to all those cynics who predict the death of cricket after the deplorable saga.

  • PratUSA on May 31, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    If I was BCCI, I'll give you a chance to play for India at least one time, even if a T20I. This is minimum country can do to show that honor is valued here. For those who may like to argue about only selecting best XI always, I agree in principal, but there are cases when a player can be given chance to play a game like Ntini played his farewell game for South Africa. Proud of you Siddharth.

  • sudhir98 on May 31, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    He gets peanuts in the IPL because he is uncapped. They need to give him at least one game so he can make some decent money to express their thanks. While I don't think he is a hero just because he spurned the bookies, he did show there are hundreds of honest cricketers for every srisanth and chandila.

  • ArjunPandit on May 31, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Mr. Trivedi, Proud of you , you are the man with ACTION, unlike some who just sits in front of camera and smile. GOD BLESS YOU.

  • nayonika on May 31, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Trivedi deserves to be complimented on his action. Did he do it out of his own volition or otherwise? If he had any inkling of the sabotage and treason going on in RR did he bring it to the attention of the management and his captain Dravid? Looks like many bones may tumble out of the board(!). I hope we don't land up recalling some of players from the squad now in Birmingham.

  • on May 31, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    I am a Mallu from the state of Sreesanth. I feel ashamed to be an Indian when I look at Sreesanth. But I am proud to be an Indian, when I see young boys like Sidharth Trivedi showing exemplary honesty, integrity & courage.

  • monaash11 on May 31, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I am very proud to be Amdavadi and as a junior cricket fellow of Siddharth at school time. Thank you Siddharth Trivedi for doing very honest act to save our belief in Cricket after all these mess.

  • on May 31, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    You are the real Hero !!

  • on May 31, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Prod of you Siddharth Trivedi

  • Garvogujarati on May 31, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    As an Amadavadi, I am proud of you. Don't bend down against any pressure. The whole nation is with you.

  • on May 31, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    I remember Trivedi troubling none other than Sachin in Challenger Tourney some 7 yrs back. Thought Javgal had arrived.....As time passed by he lost his pace and contention as Team India probable....In IPL he has shown lot of heart and has been crucial in Royal's wins...He gets peanuts in IPL when compared to Sreeshanth...but proved that the peanuts are harvested with courage, honesty and true cricketing spirit....would like to see him at least in Indian T20 team if not in longer formats...Winning a place in Team India based on spirit will be great inspiration for the youngsters

  • on May 31, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Brilliant! This guy has been working hard in domestic cricket for years...and may be he doesn't have talent for national level, however i would like to nominate him to get a national cap even if it's just for a game!! What a role model for all young cricketers!

  • Haleos on May 31, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    @ Yogi108 - Are you joking. Why would BCCI recognise him. They are in their own muddle. They do not even recognise the owner of the best team in IPL. They have formed a committee to do that.

  • on May 31, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Prod of you Siddharth Trivedi. No offence to Sachin but You Stand higher than Sachin in my view by declining bookies and reporting it to authorities.

  • vispras on May 31, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Proud moment amidst the anguish caused by other unwanted events. Characters like Siddarth Trivedi keeps the game & hope alive.

  • NikSaid on May 31, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Mr Trivedi, this was an exemplary display of courage and honesty. In long term, these traits will bring you unparallal success and you, we call, would be proud of you for decades!!

  • Provost on May 31, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    "was among those who turned them away" - Great.. Also, who else truned these bookies away.... they are also great.......

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Well done Siddharth Trivedi Cricket needs player like you

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Mr Trivedi you are a true gentleman in the game of Cricket, Keep it up. All the best for your future endeavors. BCCI should praise this guy for his bravery & respect for the game. Hope it will happen sooner rather than later.

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Brilliant work Siddharth!!! u make all fellow indians proud!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 31, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Hats-off to Trivedi. Takes lot of guts to speak against bookies with underworld connections. Take a bow Trivedi. On the other hand, we hear a current senior most player saying that he was shocked as though he never knew or heard about fixing. It's a shame that such a senior cricketer expresses shock and such a young cricketer takes such a bold step of testifying under oath against bookies/fixing/underworld........Even worse is Dhoni not even willing to talk anything until the time is right (may be once he will be 70 years old) and this young man testifying under oath. Who cares what Dhoni wants to say when he thinks the time is right. You all big-boys have more than a thing or two to learn from Sid.

  • njr1330 on May 31, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    His courage and character might make him an asset to the Indian Test team. When the chips are down, these things matter as much as pure talent.

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Apparently "smaller" players like Sidharth Trivedi need to be applauded, whole heartedly. Sidharth, I may be older than your grandfather (at 74); but I have no hesitation to stand up and salute you.

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great work Siddharth!!!

  • Karunk on May 31, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Salute to Trivedi for his brave decision!! It is not easy with bookies and players involved having underworld connection. The entire cricket fan base of India should stand up & support Trivedi, on this..

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    wow this is what we expect as true cricket fans .... knowing about it and keeping quiet is not the right way to for other cricketers .... hope other cricketers knowing about the issue comes forward like trivedi ...

  • La_Bangla on May 31, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    A man from the state of Gandhi. Well done Trivedi

  • thinkgood on May 31, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Excellent job Trivedi. I support you on this.

  • Haleos on May 31, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Hats off to you Siddharth. May you have all the strength you need to succeed. You are one brave person unlike some greats who do not even make a statement.

  • on May 31, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Go Trivedi

  • on May 31, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Go Trivedi

  • Haleos on May 31, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Hats off to you Siddharth. May you have all the strength you need to succeed. You are one brave person unlike some greats who do not even make a statement.

  • thinkgood on May 31, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Excellent job Trivedi. I support you on this.

  • La_Bangla on May 31, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    A man from the state of Gandhi. Well done Trivedi

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    wow this is what we expect as true cricket fans .... knowing about it and keeping quiet is not the right way to for other cricketers .... hope other cricketers knowing about the issue comes forward like trivedi ...

  • Karunk on May 31, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Salute to Trivedi for his brave decision!! It is not easy with bookies and players involved having underworld connection. The entire cricket fan base of India should stand up & support Trivedi, on this..

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great work Siddharth!!!

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Apparently "smaller" players like Sidharth Trivedi need to be applauded, whole heartedly. Sidharth, I may be older than your grandfather (at 74); but I have no hesitation to stand up and salute you.

  • njr1330 on May 31, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    His courage and character might make him an asset to the Indian Test team. When the chips are down, these things matter as much as pure talent.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 31, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Hats-off to Trivedi. Takes lot of guts to speak against bookies with underworld connections. Take a bow Trivedi. On the other hand, we hear a current senior most player saying that he was shocked as though he never knew or heard about fixing. It's a shame that such a senior cricketer expresses shock and such a young cricketer takes such a bold step of testifying under oath against bookies/fixing/underworld........Even worse is Dhoni not even willing to talk anything until the time is right (may be once he will be 70 years old) and this young man testifying under oath. Who cares what Dhoni wants to say when he thinks the time is right. You all big-boys have more than a thing or two to learn from Sid.