A day after Delhi police filed the chargesheet in the T20 spot-fixing case, a court on Wednesday asked accused players S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan of Rajasthan Royals and 19 others to respond to the police plea seeking cancellation of their bail.
The police has cited strong evidence against them under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), under which an accused is not entitled to bail. The special public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan said earlier there was no sufficient evidence and hence the accused were released on bail.
But now, police has strong evidence to prove the arrested persons were acting on behest of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel. Additional sessions judge Renu Bhatnagar has issued notice, seeking responses by Aug 21.
On June 10, while granting bail, the court had said prima facie there was "no sufficient material" against the accused to establish their "nexus" with any organised crime syndicate.
Mohan said, "We've attached 2000 pages of messages sent among the 39 persons chargesheeted in the case," he said.
In its 6000 page chargesheet, Delhi police has said Dawood and Chhota Shakeel have been "controlling the fixing and betting market" in cricket in India and were behind the fixing scandal. It has also listed 168 persons as prosecution witnesses, including Dravid.
The chargesheet says the probe has unearthed "sufficient evidence" to prosecute the accused for criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and MCOCA.