IPL spot-fixing: Chandila, two others get bail

Suspended cricketer Ajit Chandila and two others, arrested for their alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, were today granted bail by a Delhi court which said there were some “missing links” in the prosecution’s case.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma granted bail to Rajasthan Royals’ player Chandila, ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav and alleged bookie Deepak Kumar on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of like amount each. Chandila was arrested on May 16.

The court, however, dismissed the bail pleas of five other arrested accused, saying the provisions of stringent law Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) were applicable on four of them.

It rejected bail applications of alleged bookies Jitender Kumar Jain, Ramesh Vyas, Ashwani Agarwal, Sunil Bhatia and Firoz Farid Ansari.

While granting bail to the three accused, the court said Chandila’s connection with the alleged organised syndicate was “too remote.”

The court also pulled up the Special Cell of Delhi Police for some missing links into the probe of the case and directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to examine the matter within a month.

“It is very surprising… There are some missing links in the case. I am sending the full file to the Commissioner of Police to let the case be examine…,” the judge said.

The court kept pending the bail plea of Chandra Prakash Jain alias Chandresh Jain, who was allegedly accepting bets by the name of Jupiter, saying that probe against him was still going on and police is yet to file charge sheet against him.

During the hearing, the court fixed October 7 for hearing the arguments on police’s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted earlier to suspended cricketer S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and 19 others who were arrested in connection with the case.

The accused, including Sreesanth and Chavan, who were earlier granted bail, today appeared before the court in pursuance to the notices issued to them.

Police had filed its 6,000-page charge sheet against 39 persons. 40th accused Chandresh Jain was arrested after filing of the charge sheet in the case.

Chandila was arrested along with two other cricketers S. Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan of Rajasthan Royals along with 26 others in the case.

The court had on June 10 granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and 19 others for lack of evidence against them to be charged under MCOCA.

The police had in its charge sheet said that accused underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, who have been “controlling the fixing and betting market” in cricket in India, were behind the IPL spot-fixing.

The other accused named in the charge sheet include Manoj Guddewar, Amit Kumar, Jiju Janardhan, Chandresh Patel, Mohd Yahya, Bhupender Nagar and Sayed Durez Ahmed.

As per the charge sheet, the nine absconding persons are Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel, their associates Dr Javed Chutani, Salman, Ehteysham, Mohd Amir and bookies Sanjay Aggarwal, Praveen Kumar and Sandeep Sharma.

Earlier, the court had issued ‘open’ non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who all are considered to be close associates of Dawood.

An NBW is termed as ‘open’ when no time limit is fixed for its execution.

On police’s plea, the court had also issued NBWs against four alleged bookies, Sanjay Aggarwal, Mohd Shakeel Amir, Praveen Kumar G. Thakkar and Sandeep Sharma whose names had cropped up during interrogation of other arrested accused.

(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)

IPL spot-fixing: Newly-wed cricketer Ankeet Chavan returns to jail

Rajasthan Royals’ cricketer Ankeet Chavan, arrested in the Indian Premier League,IPL spot fixing scandal, on Thursday surrendered before a Delhi court after his June 2 marriage and was sent to judicial custody till June 18.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma sent Chavan to judicial custody till June 18.

The player was earlier granted interim bail by a Delhi court till June 6 for his marriage in Mumbai and told to surrender after the ceremonies.

Chavan moved a bail application in a sessions court after a magisterial court denied relief saying a social stigma that would come his way if he faied to attend his wedding could not be a ground to give him the concession.

Seeking interim bail, Chavan’s lawyer said that cancellation of the wedding would cause harm to his reputation and that of the prospective bride.

“Marriage is a sacrosanct occasion which comes once in a lifetime. Chavan and his fiancee knew each other for the last four years and got engaged on July 1, 2012 at Mumbai. It was decided that marriage would take place immediately on completion of IPL,” the lawyer said.

In his plea, Chavan also said that there was no direct evidence against him and he had been implicated.

Chavan and his teammates S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police last month for their alleged involvement in spot fixing in matches for payments up to Rs60 lakh for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

(Source:IANS)

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)

Sreesanth moves fresh bail plea after invocation of MCOCA

Sreesanth in his fresh bail plea said he has been implicated in the case and even when he was in police custody, the probe agency was not able to recover any evidence against him or recover anything at his instance.

Suspended cricketer S Sreesanth on Tuesday moved fresh bail application before a Delhi court after the police invoked stringent MCOCA against him and others in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain issued notice to the police seeking its reply on the application and fixed the same for hearing on June 7.

In the bail plea, Sreesanth said, “By no stretch of imagination can MCOCA be invoked against him as there is no evidence to link him with spot-fixing.”

Earlier during the day, his counsel withdrew the application pending before a magisterial court which would not hear the same after invocation of MCOCA.

Sreesanth in his fresh bail plea said he has been implicated in the case and even when he was in police custody, the probe agency was not able to recover any evidence against him or recover anything at his instance.

He said allegations against him are false and fabricated and he has never indulged in any spot-fixing and has always upheld the tradition and spirit of the game.

He also said there is no conversation between him and any bookie prior to the match in question and no amount was given to him by any conduit.

Sreesanth’s friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan also moved a fresh bail plea.

Bookie Ashwani Aggarwal, who the police said was in touch with people based abroad in the fixing scandal, also moved bail plea saying the contents of FIR registered against him are “presumptive in nature” and “the police has now invoked MCOCA against all the accused when it has not been able to collect any evidence to show its applicability.”

The other accused persons who moved fresh bail applications today are Mohd Yahya, Ajay Goel, Amit Gupta, Sunil Saxena, Sayed Durez Ahmed, Kiran Dhole, Dipit Garg, Ramakant Vyas.

All the bail pleas will now come up for hearing on June 7.

(Source: PTI)

IPL betting: Bookie Paresh Bhatia remanded in PC

Alleged bookie Paresh Bhatia has been arrested by Mumbai police in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal after being released on bail in Goa, and remanded in police custody till June 6, by a local court.

Mr. Bhatia was arrested on Saturday night by the city police’s crime branch soon after he was released on bail by the Goa police, which had arrested him last week for betting.

N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh are among those arrested in the betting scandal.

Seeking Mr. Bhatia’s custody, the crime branch said it wants to question him, Mr. Vindoo and Mr. Meiyappan together to ascertain further links.

According to the crime branch, Mr. Bhatia was the link between Mr. Vindoo and arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas. Mr. Bhatia was the one responsible for collecting deposited money from a particular bank account and distributing it among bookies and punters.

In its remand application submitted on Sunday before a metropolitan magistrate, the crime branch said Mr. Bhatia was in constant touch with Mr. Vindoo during the recently held IPL matches.

According to the crime branch, there are telephonic conversations recorded between Mr. Vindoo and Mr. Bhatia exchanging information about players and teams.

Advocate Rajesh Srivastav, appearing for Mr. Bhatia, opposed the remand plea and said the accused was arrested last week by Goa police in a betting case.

“46 mobile phones were recovered by the Goa police. Investigation is already done by them after which Bhatia was granted bail. He (Bhatia) has been falsely implicated in the Mumbai case and has no connection with Vindoo and Meiyappan,” the lawyer said.

The metropolitan magistrate, however, accepted the crime branch plea and remanded Mr. Bhatia in police custody

(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)

IPL fixing scandal: Ankeet Chavan moves sessions court for bail

Suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, on May 29 moved a fresh bail application before a sessions court after he was denied the relief by a magisterial court. Chavan filed his bail plea before Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna, who has kept the matter for hearing on May 30. The move was made by the cricketer after the magisterial court on Monday declined his regular and interim bail on the ground that “social stigma cannot be a ground to give him the relief”.


“The defence counsel has cited reason of social stigma… Social sentiments cannot be considered as a valid ground while evaluating the grounds of bail. “Keeping in view the gravity of offence and conspiracy with other co-accused persons, I do not find any ground to admit accused either on regular or on interim bail. Both the applications are accordingly dismissed,” the judge had said. He has taken the identical ground of his marriage, which was rejected by the magisterial court yesterday. 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.

(Source:PTI )