A Delhi court acquitted prominent players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, along with 32 others in the high-profile IPL 6 spot fixing case, which has adversely impacted Indian cricket's image and credibility in recent times.
“All are discharged (from the case),” additional sessions judge Neena Bansal Krishna said while pronouncing the order. The court further said that Delhi Police had failed to establish a link between underworld dons Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim or even a crime syndicate controlled by them.
Just ten days before, a Supreme Court-appointed panel suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years after their officials were found guilty of illegal betting.
The cricketers families breathed a sigh of relief while bowler Sreesanth broke down after the verdict: "My daughter will be so happy…I am very relieved, my innocence is proven.”
The BCCI, however, later said the ban on the cricketers "shall remain unaltered".