The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur has said that the board will not lift the ban on the trio of Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, despite the Supreme Court acquitting them of all the charges with regards to their involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. Delhi Police had arrested the three cricketers – all representing the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and accused them for their involvement in spot-fixing. The players were charged under Criminal conspiracy, cheating by impersonation under IPC, and of offences under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
The board took no time in banning them till complete investigation took place. However, despite Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee and Justice Lodha committee finding them guilty of involvement, Supreme Court let them off the hook by clearing them of all the charges.
The reason for this is not known. However, Ravi Sawani who was investigating the case earlier, had told Bangalore Mirror couple of years back, “”In the BCCI code, there is a specific offence of match-fixing and in the Indian law, there is no such specific provision. I can tell you that there was sufficient evidence that was considered by the disciplinary committee and based on that they came to a conclusion.”
If indeed this is the case in the current scenario, there could be a parallel drawn with the match-fixing scandal of Italian Football prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Even as players and official were found guilty by the sporting body governing Italian Football, the court acquitted them as there were no provisions to book the accused for sporting fraud.