IPL spot fixing: Chandila sent to 3 days’ police custody

A Delhi court Monday sent suspended Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, arrested in connection with the IPL spot fixing scam, to three days’ police custody for interrogation.

Sending Chandila to police custody, Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain also posted for June 22 the bail pleas of the cricketer and five other accused.

“The matter is being investigated under the provision of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The prosecution is to be given full chance to unearth the entire crime. The accused is remanded in 3 days of police custody,” said the judge.

Police sought fresh custody of Chandila saying he was required to corroborate evidence collected from other accused after invoking the stringent MCOCA law.

The court also directed the Delhi Police’s Special Cell to present Chandila before it on June 20.

The court also deferred the bail pleas of six accused including the cricketer after police told it that some vital confessional statements of the bookies arrested in the case have to be placed on record.

Public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told the court that confessional statement of arrested bookie Sunil Bhatia is being recorded, while that of Ramesh Vyas, another bookie, has already been recorded.

Besides Chandila, the other accused who moved bail pleas are Vyas, Bhatia, Ashwani Aggarwal, Deepak Kumar, and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.

The prosecutor had sought fresh five days police remand of Chandila saying that initially he was arrested in the case on May 16 and remained in police custody till May 28 after which he was remanded to judicial custody.

MCOCA has been invoked against Chandila on June 3, therefore his custody is required to corroborate the evidence collected after invocation of the stringent penal law, the prosecutor said during the hearing.

Mohan added: “For the purpose of investigating under MCOCA, accused Ajeet Chandila is required. He is found to be one of the main conspirators and his presence is required to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy of the organised crime being operated by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.”

According to police, during investigation, lot of supportive evidence like intercepted voice calls, two mobiles used by him (Chandila) in spot/match fixing and match fixing cash of Rs 20 lakhs. “…he was found receiving money from many bookies, fixers in lieu of spot fixing in the cricket match,” said police.

Police further claimed that the bookies who were in direct contact with the underworld have given money to Chandila to fix the players.

Police have opposed the bail pleas of Chandila and other five accused.

Delhi Police May 16 arrested three Rajasthan Royals players — S. Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — on spot fixing charges. Subsequently, 25 others were arrested.

The other 21 accused, including Sreesanth and Chavan, have already been granted bail by the court.

(Source:IANS)

IPL spot fixing: Chandila key conspirator police tell court

The investigating agency, in its reply before Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, said: “For accused Ajit Chandila, it is reiterated that this player has emerged as the key conspirator in the entire chain acting on behalf of the syndicate.”

Opposing the bail plea of Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, arrested in connection with IPL spot fixing, the Delhi Police Friday told the court that he was a key conspirator in the entire case.

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell, filing its reply on Chandila’s bail plea, said he was acting at the behest of a syndicate run by gangster Dawood Ibrahim. It added that the player was directly in contact with bookies and players and had received money to perform as per their directions.

The investigating agency, in its reply before Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, said: “For accused Ajit Chandila, it is reiterated that this player has emerged as the key conspirator in the entire chain acting on behalf of the syndicate.”

“A huge amount of money has also been recovered at his instance, which was received from various fixers. In view of the centrality of his role, his bail is strongly opposed.”

Police also filed replies on the bail applications of other arrested – bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Baburao Yadav, Deepak Kumar and Sunil Bhatia, expressing strong opposition to bail for them.

 

Opposing the bail for Aggarwal, police said told the court that “he is a major bookie of Delhi having link with D-company and was the master controller of all north India terrorist on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel syndicate”.

The court, after hearing brief arguments adjourned the bail pleas for Saturday.

The judge also directed police to file reply on the bail application of alleged bookie Ramesh Vyas, who moved the court seeking relief after being remanded in judicial custody till June 18.

On May 16, Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players – S. Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on spot fixing charges.

Delhi Police had invoked provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against 28 accused in the case including three cricketers, alleging that they were acting under the command of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

The other 21 accused including Sreesanth and Chavan have already been granted bail by the court.

(Source: IANS)