IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal: Court questions ‘match-fixing’ theory of police

IPL 6 scandalThe investigation by Delhi Police in IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal case on Monday came under close scrutiny of a local court which questioned its theory of ‘match-fixing’ saying there was prima facie no evidence which showed that matches were fixed by the arrested accused.

“The (telephonic) conversations (among arrested accused) which you (police) are citing does not at all show that there was any ingredient of match-fixing. It only pertains to betting. There is no reference to match-fixing,” additional sessions judge Neena Bansal Krishna told the police.

“Is betting per se an offence?”, the judge also asked special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan while hearing arguments on framing of charges.

Responding to the court’s query, Mohan said “betting per se is illegal but it is not an offence”.

To this, the judge asked “under which provision, betting is illegal? Under which criminal law, betting is an illegal activity?”

The prosecutor responded “it is illegal activity in civil law and not under the criminal law”.

During the arguments on framing of charges, Mohan referred to the telephonic conversations among the accused saying they were involved in match-fixing and betting.

He said that call detail records (CDRs) clearly reflect the linkage of the accused persons who were part of a crime syndicate to generate money.

To this, the court observed “whatever you (prosecutor) are saying may be 100 per cent true, but please show me the evidence.”

After hearing the arguments, the court fixed the matter for further proceedings on May 8.

Earlier, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had chargesheeted suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, in the case.

The court had earlier declared Dawood and Shakeel as proclaimed offenders as they are evading arrest in the matter.

The police had told the court that properties of Dawood and Shakeel in Mumbai have already been attached in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and upon inquiry, it was revealed that they have not visited India since 1993.

It had submitted that Dawood had properties in his name at Dongri in Mumbai whereas Shakeel owned property in Nagpada there.

The court had earlier issued NBWs against Dawood and Shakeel, Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who all are considered to be Dawood’s associates.

The police had filed a 6,000-page charge sheet against the accused in the case. It had also filed supplementary charge sheet later on.

The court had on June 10, last year granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and 19 others for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Other accused, including Chandila, were also granted bail later on by the court.

The police, in its charge sheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been “controlling the fixing and betting market” in cricket in India, were behind IPL spot-fixing.

Mudgal committee files final report of IPL fixing probe in SC

iplThe Supreme Court-appointed probe commission headed by justice Mukul Mudgal submitted its final report to the apex court on the allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League’s season 6 betting and spot-fixing scandal today.

 

The Supreme Court will take cognizance of the Mudgal committee report that was submitted in a sealed envelope on IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal on November 10.

Cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were three prominent IPL cricketers arrested on allegations of spot-fixing while former CSK ‘Team Principal’ Gurunath Meiyappan and Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh were behind the bars on allegations of betting during the sixth edition of the cash-rich league. They are all out on bail.

N Srinivasan had to step down as the BCCI president due to his involvement with CSK, one of the franchises under the radar, though he was nominated as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.

The committee, comprising justice Mudgal, additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao, advocate Nilay Dutta, deputy director general of police (Narcotics Control Bureau) BB Mishra and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, got together in the capital as the final draft of the report was being prepared.

“We will be submitting the final report to the Supreme Court on November 3. Beyond this, I won’t be able to divulge any other information,” Justice Mudgal had said earlier in the week.

IPL spot-fixing: Warrants against three Dawood aides

dawoodA Delhi court Wednesday issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against three Pakistan-based close associates of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma issued open NBWs against Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, considered to be close aides of Dawood.

The court’s direction came on an application filed by Special Cell of Delhi Police seeking issuance of warrants against the three, saying they had played a key role in the entire conspiracy. An open NBW is one in which no time limit is fixed for its execution.

The three, suspected to be based in Karachi and Lahore, and were instrumental in the conspiracy behind spot fixing during the IPL matches, police said in the application.

The court in its order said: “The crux of the argument is that it is not possible to execute warrants to these accused in Pakistan. In view of the above, issue open NBWs against three accused as requested.”

The judge also issued NBWs against four alleged bookies – Sanjay Aggarwal, Mohd. Shakeel Amir, Praveen Kumar G. Thakkar and Sandeep Sharma for Sep 30 on the plea of police.

The plea of police sought issuance of NBWs against alleged bookies saying that during interrogation of other arrested accused, their names had cropped up but they evading arrest.

On July 30, the Delhi Police filed its chargesheet in the case, alleging that Dawood and his aide Chhota Shakeel, who have been controlling the spot fixing and betting market in cricket in India, were behind the IPL spot fixing scandal.

The formal set of charges, running into 6,000 pages, named cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan among the 39 accused in the scandal related to IPL-6 held earlier this year.

The accused have been charged with offences of cheating and conspiracy under sections of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Police slapped provisions of the MCOCA against the accused, saying they were acting under the command of Dawood and Shakeel.

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid, players Harmeet Singh and Siddharth Trivedi have been named among 168 witnesses in the case.

(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)

Bail granted to Sreesanth and 17 others

Additional Session Judge VK Khanna also granted bail to 15 bookies on personal bonds of Rs50,000 each.

A Delhi court Monday granted bail to suspended cricketer S. Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila who have been booked under the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the IPL spot fixing scandal.

Additional Session Judge VK Khanna also granted bail to 15 bookies on personal bonds of Rs50,000 each.

(Source: IANS)

 

Delhi cops to question ‘bookie’ Vyas for 10 days

A court here Saturday sent Ramesh Vyas, an alleged bookie arrested by Mumbai police in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal, to 10 days custody of the Delhi Police.

Duty Magistrate Namrita Agarwal allowed Delhi Police to question Vyas till June 18. He was brought from Mumbai and presented in the court in the afternoon.

The investigating officer informed the court that Vyas was a major player in fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s syndicate, suspected to be controlling the betting books for south India.

Seeking Vyas’s custody, Delhi Police told the court that he was in telephone contact with alleged Delhi bookie Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi, as well as with Pakistan- based members of the crime syndicate.

The investigators said they also wanted to know about the role of other members of the alleged betting syndicate, including Vyas’ associate Firoz, who were absconding.

Delhi Police Friday got the custody of Vyas in Mumbai.

Vyas was Tuesday granted bail in Mumbai along with some other accused. However, he was not released from custody as Delhi Police issued a production warrant against him the same day, indicating their plan to take him to the national capital.

Mumbai police seized 92 mobile phones and 18 SIM cards from Vyas after he was arrested May 18.

Invoking stringent charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and 23 others arrested in the case, Delhi Police earlier told the Delhi court that Vyas handled Dawood Ibrahim’s betting syndicate in south India.

The investigators told the court that Aggarwal, taken into custody by Delhi Police, handled Dawood’s betting syndicate in north India.

Both bookies, who allegedly made calls to the don in Karachi and Dubai, were conveying his commands to the three arrested players, including Sreesanth, police said.

IPL spot-fixing scandal: Chavan surrenders before court

Suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, surrendered before a Delhi court today on expiry of the one-week interim bail he was granted to solemnise his marriage.


Chavan, who along with his Rajasthan Royals teammate S Sreesanth and others is now booked under MCOCA, surrendered before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma, who remanded him in judicial custody till June 18.

“Since the investigation agency does not require his custody any more, he is taken into judicial custody and remanded till June 18,” the court said.

Chavan was granted interim bail for a week by a sessions court on May 30 to solemnise his marriage and perform related ceremonies.

Chavan, meanwhile, also moved a fresh bail application today before a sessions court and it will come up for hearing tomorrow along with the bail pleas of Sreesanth and 15 others, who had all moved fresh bail pleas after being booked under stringent MCOCA.

The Delhi Police had on June 4 informed a court that it has invoked MCOCA against Sreesanth and 22 others in the case as the “command” for spot fixing originated from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s outfit.

“Since the accused persons were acting on command of people based abroad like Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Chota Shakeel who have a continuous past record of organised crimes, provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act have been invoked against the accused,” it had said.

“The illegal organised betting syndicate in India is being controlled by persons based abroad. The arrested accused persons have been found playing role of conspirators while others have been found acting as facilitators,” the police had said.

It had also said: “This organised crime syndicate besides controlling illegal betting was indulging in fixing performance of players and also rates of betting.”

(Source:PTI)

Spot-fixing case : Raj Royals player becomes witness

Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi today recorded his statement before a Delhi court in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal, in which his teammates S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan are arrested.

His statement assumes importance as the court sources said he is understood to have revealed some more names for their alleged involvement in the scandal.

Trivedi’s statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC before Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao in his chamber would be considered as confession made during the probe and would be used by the prosecution to support its case in the trial.

The statement recorded by a Magistrateunder Section 164 of CrPC binds the accused/witness against taking any u-turn by him during trial and any such act makes him liable to be prosecuted on charges of perjury.

The documents and the file containing his statement recorded during an hour-long in-chamber proceeding was later kept in a sealed envelope.

30-year-old Trivedi has reportedly claimed that he was also contacted by bookies for accepting money.

The Delhi Police claimed that they contacted Trivedi in connection with the spot-fixing case and they decided to make him a prosecution witness after he agreed for the same.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested in Mumbai on May 15 by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot- fixing in IPL matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakh to give away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

The three cricketers, who have been suspended by the BCCI, and the others arrested have been booked under Section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

On May 21, the police had informed the court that Section 409 of IPC, which deals with criminal breach of trust and entails a maximum of life imprisonment along with fine, has been invoked against all the accused in the case.

Besides the suspended trio, the Delhi Police has so far arrested 22 more accused in connection with the spot-fixing, who are is judicial custody till June 4.

IPL spot-fixing: Chavan gets interim bail for marriage

Cricketer Ankeet Chavan, who was arrested by Delhi police recently for his alleged role in spot-fixing during IPL games, was on Thursday granted bail till June 6 by a city court for his wedding.


Chavan was granted interim bail to tie nuptial knot on June 2.

The court granted bail to Chavan on Rs 1 lakh personal bond and a surety of the same amount.

Chavan will return to Tihar jail on June 6.

Abhishek Shukla, who acted as a conduit between the players and bookies was also produced in court along with three others.

Chavan has sought bail on the ground that his marriage is fixed for June 2 and if the wedding does not take place it will cause harm to his reputation and that of the prospective bride.

It also said that invitation cards have already been distributed and all preparations for the marriage done. In his plea, Chavan said there is no direct evidence against him and he has been falsely implicated in the case.

Indian pacer S Sreesanth and Chavan along with Rajasthan teammate Ajit Chandila are in the custody of the Delhi Police after they were arrested from Mumbai on May 16 on charges of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League 2013.

Meanwhile, the interim bail plea of the Chennai hotelier Vikram Aggarwal, wanted by the Mumbai police in a betting racket, was rejected by a Chennai court.

Victor, the promoter of Radisson Blue, had approached the Madras High Court asking for interim bail on Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

If bowler was fixed, what was batsman doing: Court

“If the bowler was fixed, what was the batsman doing?” the query was posed by a Delhi court to the investigators today. The court said it was posing this query as it wanted to know if the Delhi Police was probing the role of any batsman in the IPL spot-fixing case.

“If the bowler was fixed, what was the batsman doing? How come the bowler was giving 13 runs and batsman also made that many runs? What if he could not make that many runs?

“Who was the batsman when Ankeet Chavan was bowling? There must have been something under his control also, after all, he has made runs.

“I wonder how can bowler give away runs without the batsman,” Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna asked.

The judge’s posers came during arguments on the interim bail plea of suspended Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan.

Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan and the police officials told the court that they are not probing the role of any other player or batsman.

They said they have evidence to establish that “Chavan was fixed”.

While opposing Chavan’s interim bail plea, Mohan submitted that Chavan had promised to give 13 runs in second over in a match on May 15 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.

There is a recorded telephonic conversation to the effect that Ankeet is ready to give 13 runs for Rs 60 lakh and the same evening, he gave those many runs, he said.

It was this submission which prompted the judge to ask whether any batsman was fixed in the match or not.

Mohan said, “After Ankeet gave away the runs in the fixed over, there is an intercepted conversation between Ajit Chadila and a fixer congratulating that Ankeet has done his job and now he has to be paid.”

(Source: PTI)