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Sreesanth gets bail, cops under fire over MCOCA

In a big setback to the Delhi Police, a city court on Monday granted bail to suspended Rajasthan Royal players S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan and 17 others in the IPL spot-fixing case, saying there was not enough material to link them to any organised crime gang.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2013 02:02 IST
HT Correspondent

In a big setback to the Delhi Police, a city court on Monday granted bail to suspended Rajasthan Royal players S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan and 17 others in the IPL spot-fixing case, saying there was not enough material to link them to any organised crime gang.

“There is no reason for believing that the accused are guilty under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) at this stage,” additional sessions judge Vinay Kumar Khanna said, ordering the release of the 19 accused, including 14 bookies, on a personal bond of R50,000 with one surety of the like amount.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, “We will examine the order and consult legal experts before deciding on future course of action.”

The police had alleged that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his close aide Chhota Shakeel were the brains behind the fixing scandal and claimed at least two bookies were taking instructions from their “masters” in Dubai and Pakistan.

The court said prima facie there was “no sufficient material” against the cricketers and bookies to say they had a “nexus” with an organised crime gang.
Another suspended Rajasthan cricketer Ajit Chandila has not applied for bail.