New Delhi, July 25: The Delhi court hearing the case against S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila for their alleged role in betting and spot fixing in IPL 2013, has acquitted them. On grounds of insufficient evidence, the court refused to frame any charges against the players. The former Rajasthan Royal cricketers expressed relief on the court’s order. The trio stated their desire to make a return to the cricketing scene after being given a clean sheet in the matter. Also Read - Sreesanth on IPL Auction Snub: Honestly Thought I Would be There But Won't Give up
The most adverse impact of the allegations was on Sreesanth’s career. The Kerala fast bowler was once a prominent member of the national along with being a valued entity in the Indian Premiere League (IPL). Sreesanth has indicated that he would be making a fresh start eyeing a return to the Indian squad. “I am thankful to God, I want to start training again and hopefully should get BCCI’s permission too,” he said. (ALSO READ: IPL spot-fixing case: Delhi Court acquits S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan) Also Read - IPL Auction 2021: Why S Sreesanth Failed to Make it to The Final List?
Ajit Chandila, a promising wrist spinner of Rajasthan Royals was framed by the Delhi Police for his alleged links with the bookies. After being acquitted from the court, Chandila was seeing cherishing the moment along with his family members. He recalled the entire episode as a nightmare. “It was a bad dream for me and my family, I am very happy today,” he added. Also Read - Sreesanth Extends Support For Sachin Tendulkar After India Legend Faces Criticism on Twitter For Farmers Protest, Calls Him 'Pride of India'
Former Rajasthan Royals batsman, Ankit Chavan was banned from cricket following allegations against him of spot fixing and links with bookies. However, Chavan finally showed signs of relief after the Delhi court denied any involvement of the young cricketer in the case. “The tension and disappointment is now over, I am looking forward to the future-Ankeet Chavan,” said the 29 year old all-rounder.
The special cell of the Delhi Police probing the case had cited the telephonic records of the accused cricketers which allegedly pointed towards their links with match-fixing bookies. However, the court in the previous hearing had refused to accept it as prima-facie evidence.