Arrested on charges of spot-fixing in the Indian T20 League, pacer S Sreesanth on Saturday requested a city court to direct the Delhi Police to give him a copy of the FIR registered against him and 13 others in connection with the scandal.
Chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Lokesh Kumar Sharma directed the investigating officer of the case to respond to the pacer’s plea by May 20. The CMM, however, allowed defence lawyers to see the FIR.
Sreesanth, his two teammates of the Rajasthan Royals franchise and 11 bookies were remanded to five days of police custody on May 16.
Being interrogated by the Special Cell sleuths in connection with the spot-fixing case, Sreesanth had moved the application seeking a copy of the FIR to prepare his defence.
While seeking seven days police custody for interrogation, the police had told the court on Thursday that Sreesanth and his T20 teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, who were arrested in Mumbai early this week, had taken money for every ball and run in every over.
Sreesanth and two other cricketers were arrested in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai on May 16 by Delhi police for spot-fixing in T20 matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakhs for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.
Police alleged that the cricketers indulged in spot-fixing in at least three T20 matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad.
Booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, the three players have already been suspended by the BCCI