The Delhi High Court has served notices to Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, who had all charges laid against them in relation to the 2013 IPL corruption dropped by a trial court in July. The notices, issued individually to the three players along with 39 others associated with the case, have asked them to be present for the High Court's next hearing on December 16.
The Delhi Police had charged all of them under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), which is normally used to tackle organised crime and terrorism. But the trial court ruled there was not enough evidence for charges to be framed under the MCOCA. The Delhi Police had challenged that ruling in the High Court last month.
The three cricketers were arrested in May-June 2013 for their alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing during the IPL. While Sreesanth and Chavan were granted bail within a month, Chandila had to spend more than three months in prison before he was released on bail.
The case has no bearing on the life bans imposed by the BCCI in September 2013 on Sreesanth and Chavan. Chandila's case is pending before the BCCI's disciplinary committee.