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Spot-fixing: cricketers trapped by police, allege lawyers
New Delhi, May 17, 2013
First Published: 19:32 IST(17/5/2013)
Last Updated: 20:16 IST(17/5/2013)

Lawyers of S Sreesanth and his T20 teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan on Friday claimed that the players were innocent and accused the Delhi Police of "wrongly trapping" them in the T20 spot-fixing case.

A day after Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were remanded in five days police custody along with 11 others, their lawyers questioned the police action and accused the cops of following illegal procedure against them by arresting them without any evidence.

"He (Sreesanth) never talked to any bookie. He never received any money and he has no connection with any person involved in this case."

"He explained to me everything. He explained me that he was never involved in this case. He is completely innocent and there was no phone call with any bookie or any person involved in this case," Sreesanth's lawyer Deepak Prakash told reporters in New Delhi.

He said that he met Sreesanth and he is "perfectly okay and completely relaxed". The lawyer also said that there is no question of Sreesanth confessing since he has not committed any crime.

Advocate Rajiv Shankar Dwivedi, who appeared for Chandila and Chauhan, also took a similar stand, claiming that they were completely innocent.

They "have nothing to do with this controversy. All illegal and wrongful procedures were adopted by the police to trap them. The police have no evidence against them. They have been wrongly trapped," he said.

Sreesanth and two other cricketers were arrested in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai by the Delhi Police for spot-fixing in T20 matches for payments of upto Rs. 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

The players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, have been booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

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