IPL spot fixing: Court order on charges against players due today
A Delhi court is set to pronounce its order on Saturday on framing of charges in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing case involving cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel are also among the 42 accused in the 6000-page chargesheet filed by a special cell of the Delhi Police.
"I get a feeling that my bad time will be over today. I trust the judiciary...Last three years were difficult for me. Cricket is everything for me, I am waiting for the judiciary to grant me justice," Chandila told ANI ahead of the court order.
The three Rajasthan Royals cricketers were arrested in May 2013 for alleged spot fixing in some matches of the sixth edition of IPL.
The players were let off on bail later after the court found there was not enough evidence to charge them under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), a special law to tackle organised crime syndicates.
The court had also issued non-bailable warrants against Dawood and Shakeel, Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who are all considered to be Dawood’s associates.
The police, in its chargesheet, claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been “controlling the fixing and betting market” in cricket in India, were behind IPL spot-fixing.
The matter had come up for hearing in May and the court had reserved its order, asking the counsel for the accused to file written submissions. The court had also remarked that the police investigations into the case showed no prima-facie evidence that match-fixing had actually taken place.
Saturday's Delhi court proceedings come 10 days after a Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former chief justice RM Lodha, suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years each for betting.
The panel also banned the two teams owners Gurunath Meiyappan (CSK) and Raj Kundra (RR) for life from cricketing activities in India.
(With inputs from agencies)