6,000-page chargesheet filed in T20 spot fixing scam
The Delhi Police on Tuesday filed a 6000-page chargesheet in the spot-fixing scandal, which it had unearthed in mid-May.
Submitted at a city court a day before Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar hands over charge to his successor, BS Bassi, the chargesheet named 39 people, including absconding underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar as the ‘fountainhead’ of the scam, in addition to the three arrested Rajasthan Royals players, bookies, Ranji Trophy dropouts and other go-betweens currently out on bail.
Some of the names which prominently figure in the document include Dawood Ibrahim, his close aide Chhota Shakeel, suspended Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Ramesh Vyas, Deepak Kumar, Sunil Bhatia and Firoz Farid Ansari and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.
“The chargesheet was filed before link additional sessions judge Vinay Kumar Khanna and contains said Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) reports on hundreds of hours of recorded call intercepts connected with the 39 persons arrested on their basis,” said a senior officer.
Of the 39 persons arrested, 21 are currently out on bail, eight still in judicial custody and 10 are absconding.
Apart from call intercepts, the special cell claimed, technical and forensic analysis of the data of more than a hundred mobile phones has been attached as evidence.
The most ‘fruitful’ of these was an analysis of three to four mobile phones found in the possession of Aswani Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi. As for Dawood, a single voice sample and a mobile phone number apparently being used by him and Shakeel - as per verification by the R&AW, have been submitted.
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Sources claimed the said document also revealed the special cell’s Achilles’ heel - the identity of one Aamir, a Hyderabad-based agent who had approached players of ‘a team except the Rajasthan Royals’ and could have been instrumental ‘in the apprehension of more players’.
“Aamir would have led us to more players but escaped to Dubai and has been untraceable since,” conceded an officer.
All the accused have been chargesheeted for offences of cheating and criminal conspiracy in addition to provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Special CP (special cell) SN Shrivastava said the Delhi Police would apply for the cancellation of bail of Sreesanth and 20 others who are allegedly involved in the said scam.
Sources close to the investigation said they were giving final touches to a report focussing on ‘other material which has come to notice during investigation’ to the government in order to argue for more administrative control during the Indian Premier League.