New Delhi, July 25: In a major relief, a Delhi court acquitted all the accused including cricketer S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan, and Ajit Chandela- involved in Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing case. The court dropped all the charges leveled against them. The defence counsel said, “There were no charges against all the accused,” after the High Court gave a landmark decision. Not only these three players were acquitted, the complete cotorie of 13 were discharged of all the charges in the IPL 2013 spot fixing case.
Reacting to the judgement, Ajit Chandila said, “I hope Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will allow me to play again for India. I feel relieved now as I had complete faith in our judicial system. (READ- IPL spot-fixing: Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra banned from cricket for life)
The three Rajasthan Royals players were included in the charge sheet filed by the special cell of Delhi Police probing the allegations of betting and spot fixing in IPL 2013. Hearing the case earlier, the bench led by Judge Neena Bansal refused to release its order on Sreesanth and the other two accused. The court reserved its order for July 25, citing the order sheet being unprepared. The Delhi Police’s investigation in the case was also questioned by the judge. The court observed that there was no prima facie evidence indicating the involvement of the tainted cricketers in the scam.
S Sreesanth who was relieved after the verdict said, “I just could not control my tears today. I am thankful to God, I want to start training again and hopefully should get BCCI’s permission too.”
However, the Delhi Police has maintained that the telephonic conversations accessed by them provides enough evidence to frame the charges against the trio. The phone records analysed during the investigation clearly exposes the three accused as key pawns in the multi-crore crime syndicate, said the police in a written argument.
The decision comes after the Supreme Court appointed Lodha committee banned Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Shilpa Shetty-owned Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years. Raj Kundra- affiliated to RR, and Gurunath Meiyappan were banned for life to participate in aby cricket activity.