Corruption in the IPL June 10, 2013

Sreesanth and Chavan given bail

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, two of the three Rajasthan Royals players arrested on charges of alleged spot-fixing, have been granted bail by a trial court in Delhi on Monday. Seventeen others arrested in relation to the case were also given bail.

The 19 accused will be released from Tihar Jail on Wednesday, but have been asked to surrender their passports.

Ajit Chandila, the third Royals player under arrest, has not applied for bail yet.

The judge said the Delhi Police had not produced enough evidence to charge the players under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (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 Ajit 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. 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.

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  • Sriram on June 12, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Sree even if proven of no wrong doings, is finished. At 30 I dont see him comeback into Indian side. Its Umesh, Ishant, Bhuvi and most likely one from Dinda, Pandey, Mohit, Vinay based on their Ranji form will go to SA. Dark horse is Sandeep Sharma who has continued to impress since U19 WC victory. Zak has outside chance if he plays Ranji and prove his fitness. I guess he will be taken along jsut for his experience if not anything.

  • Alphus on June 11, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Mere Telephone Transcripts and television footages will be of no use here.... Of course they got bail and i doubt whether MCOCA will be applicable here... Best of luck to the Delhi Police on this one... Slapping charges is one thing... making em stick is a whole different ball game.... one would think that the delhi police in all its experience would know that.....

  • Sai on June 11, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    The Police wanted two minutes of FAME and Media Attention.Betting is there everywhere in the world in every sports,business or politics.I too feels police will not be able to prove spot fixing,until unless they have solid proof.I ffel all will go scot free.If betting becomes legal in India,it will destroy many families financial well being.Let it function illegal.

  • Arjun on June 11, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    The Delhi Police was too much into 'exposing' the people involved in spot-fixing rather than doing the investigations properly. I hope Sreesanth comes clean.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    I feel bad for Sreesanth what an entertainer he was. I hope he comes out clean

  • Notanideologue on June 10, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Justice will prevail. We live in a country where Judge can overrule the craziness of Delhi Police. Now that Sreesanth got bail with Judge clearly indicating the lack of evidence against him, instead of banning him, bring him back , with clear instructions that cricketers must not be in touch with any person other than the team management while they are active in the cricket season. Plus, there must be a security clearance from BCCI for the managers and private staff that cricketers hire themselves when they are playing under BCCI contract.

  • Asitha on June 10, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    He was a really enthusiastic player who always fight for wining matches for his team. Still remember the movement he bowled Mathew Hayden out in 1st T20 world cup match... really enjoyed his bowling. feel so sorry abt Sreesanth.

  • Aditya on June 10, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    They have been bowled over - stumps nowhere in sight, what use is a mere 'bail' now?

  • malik on June 10, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    What about Ajit Chandila? Has he been given bail.

  • Sandy on June 10, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @Stephin: completely agree. He is being penalised for no reason. There are absolutely no proofs against him, and the evidences against the other two are hazy at best. Plus the fact that a couple of guys associated with the league were involved in betting, which is a harmless activity and legal all over. Much ado over nothing! I think this was a ploy to tarnish the IPL and the BCCI, and glad to see that no evidences are fothcoming for the cops. IPL is indias pride and joy, and the boring cricket on offer at the CT2013 makes me miss the glamour and the buzz around the IPL more. Will look forward to IPL 2014-season 7!

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