Siddharth Trivedi turns witness, records statement
The police on Friday claimed to have strengthened its probe in the spot-fixing case after 'convincing' Rajasthan Royals bowler Siddharth Trivedi to become a prosecution witness. HT reports.india Updated: Jun 01, 2013 12:54 IST
The Delhi Police, on Friday, claimed to have strengthened its investigations in the spot-fixing case after 'convincing' Rajasthan Royals bowler Siddharth Trivedi to become a prosecution witness.
Trivedi, who the special cell had claimed was among three players to have been approached by arrested cricketer Ajit Chandila to be a part of it, recorded his statement under article 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code before a magistrate at the Saket district courts.
"Bookies Sunil Bhatia and Deepak Kumar had approached Trivedi to indulge in spot-fixing during the 2012 and 2013 editions of the T20 league - but he hadn't entertained their advances on either occasion," said an officer.
The 30-year-old medium-pacer will now testify in court about the alleged offer to indulge in spot-fixing that Chandila, Bhatia and Kumar made to him. Sources claimed fixers and bookies had tried to lure Trivedi with 'gifts' and parties but he 'did not act accordingly' even though he was being 'pursued by them since 2010.
"His is a borderline case. We do not have evidence to make him an accused. He is an insider who knows things, so he has been made a prosecution witness," said the officer.
"However, what does go against him is the fact that he did not inform the team management about these allurements."
Trivedi, who represented Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy for a decade, has given details about Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankit Chavan in addition to their interactions with bookies, fixers and conduits.
"Trivedi, who had first met Chandila while playing for Air India in 2008, has no criminal involvement in the case," the officer said.
This association, the police said, was behind Trivedi's decision to introduce Chandila to the Rajasthan Royals management when the latter were looking for a spinner for the team.
In addition to Trivedi, the special cell has claimed earlier, Chandila had approached Bradd Hodge and Kevin Cooper of the same team to attend bookies' parties but they too had rejected the invitations.