Kerala HC issues notice to BCCI on plea by Sreesanth

Kerala HC issues notice to BCCI on plea by Sreesanth
Kerala HC issues notice to BCCI on plea by Sreesanth

The Kerala High Court today issued notice to the BCCI on a plea filed by tainted Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, challenging the life ban imposed on him by the disciplinary committee of the cricket body.

Admitting the petition by the player, seeking a direction to BCCI to allow him to play for a Scottish club in April, Justice P V Asha directed the Union government and the BCCI to file their counter affidavits.

Sreesanth had submitted that even the trial court which heard the match-fixing case observed that “no prima facie case in any offence, including Section 3 of MCOCA, is made out against the accused persons and they are entitled to be discharged.”

All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were discharged in the IPL-6 spot-fixing case by Patiala House Court in July 2015.

The BCCI, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.

In his petition, Sreesanth argued that the BCCI panel which enquired into the matter had made its reports against him based on the information provided by Delhi Police.

He alleged that “the entire prosecution case framed out by the Delhi Police Special Cell” against him was based on a “cooked-up story created according to their aspirations and imaginations”.

Sreesanth said he was invited by Glenrothes Cricket Club, Fife Scotland, for representing Glenroth Team (Premier League in Scotland) to be held in the first week of April.

In response to this invitation, he expressed willingness to participate in the match, provided he got the NOC from the Board, Sreesanth said in his petition.

( Source – PTI )

Sreesanth files plea in HC for BCCI nod to play in Scotland

Sreesanth files plea in HC for BCCI nod to play in Scotland
Sreesanth files plea in HC for BCCI nod to play in Scotland

Tainted Indian cricketer S Sreesanth today filed a petition in the Kerala High Court seeking its direction to the BCCI to allow him to play for a Scottish club in April.

In his petition, Sreesanth, challenging the life ban imposed on him by the disciplinary committee of the BCCI, said even the trial court which heard the match-fixing case has observed that “no prima facie case in any offence including Section 3 of MCOCA is made out against the accused persons and they are entitled to be discharged.”

All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were discharged in the IPL-6 spot fixing case by Patiala House Court in July 2015.

The BCCI, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.

In his petition, Sreesanth argued that the BCCI panel which inquired the matter had made its reports against him based on the information provided by the Delhi Police.

He alleged that “the entire prosecution case framed out by the Delhi Police Special Cell” against him was based on a “cooked-up story created according to their aspirations and imaginations…”

Sreesanth said he was invited by the Glenrothes Cricket Club, Fife Scotland for representing Gelnroth Team (Premier League in Scotland) to be held in the first week of April.

In response to this invitation, he expressed his willingness to participate in the match provided he got the NOC from the Board, Sreesanth said.

( Source – PTI )

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: 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)

 

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)

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)

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 scandal: Sreesanth and 3 others remanded in JC

Arrested cricketers S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila besides two bookies were today remanded in judicial custody till June 4 by a Delhi court which rejected the investigators’ plea for two more days of custodial interrogation of the Indian pacer in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal case.


Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma turned down the plea of Special Cell of Delhi Police for the custody of Sreesanth saying he cannot be held liable for what has happened at his back.

“Admittedly, Sreesanth cannot be held liable for instances at his back. I am of the considered opinion that it would amount to injustice to the accused,” the court said on the police argument that immediately after his arrest, his hotel room was cleaned up and some articles were removed.

The court also pulled up the investigators for not showing any fresh ground to take the custody of Sreesanth, saying as to why he should be handed to “your hospitality” for two days.

“How will you (investigators) establish that the removed articles belong to Sreesanth as anyone can plant to falsely implicate him,” the court said. It also sent Chandila and two bookies Ashwani Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel to judicial custody after the police said they were no more required for custodial interrogation.

The court dismissed the bail plea of Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan, while the bail of Sreesanth will be heard on June 4.

During the course of arguments, Senior Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan informed the court that interception of various calls suggested that several big names may be involved in the episode as calls were made to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

The police said there are some missing links and they are working on it.

“We are missing the link of the whole episode which will be proved very soon,” the prosecutor said, adding, “Some big names are also involved which I cannot disclose at this stage and they were in regular contact with D company.”

While seeking custody of Sreesanth, the prosecutor told the court that Abhishek Shukla has joined investigation and he allegedly had cleaned the cricketer’s hotel room immediately after his arrest.

He also said that Sreesanth has to be confronted with Shukla who might have removed the electronic gadgets and data kept in the cricketer’s room and at pacer’s instance Rs 5 lakh have to be recovered as his friend Jiju Janardhan had taken Rs 10 lakh on his behalf.

The police told the court that the bills of the parties thrown by Sreesanth were paid by Abhishek Shukla as his (Shukla’s) PAN card number was mentioned on the bills.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Sreesanth, opposed the plea for police custody saying it is completely unjustified after he being interrogated in its custody for 12 days. She said the grounds of police custody are “so completely untenable”.

She also said the police theory that some articles were removed from Sreesanth’s hotel room was also untenable as the room was unattended for three days and it was Mumbai Police which had later recovered a laptop from his room.

Meanwhile, the court directed the Tihar Jail authorities to produce accused Ashwini before a Mumbai court, which had issued production warrant against him. It also said that he should be brought back before June 4. The court had earlier remanded other accused Babu Rao Yadav, a former Ranji player, cricketer Ankit Chavan and three more bookies – Jiju Janardhan, Deepak Kumar and Manan Bhat – in judicial custody till June 4.

Delhi Police has so far arrested 22 accused in connection with the spot fixing scandal case and except four bookies all others are in judicial custody.

Arrested bookie Bhupender Nagar, Sayed Durez Ahmed and Sunil Saxena are in police custody till May 30. Bookie Mohd Yahya is also in police custody.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, who were playing for IPL’s Rajasthan Royals franchise, were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL matches for payments of up to Rs 60 lakh just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over. These three players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, and the others arrested have been booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

On May 21, the police had informed the court that section 409 of the 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.

The police had said they had added section 409 IPC as the agreement concerning IPL is a tripartite agreement between BCCI, Rajasthan Royals and the player and the agreement was an exclusive contract.

Regarding Sreesanth and other two cricketers, police had said they had used various signs like putting towel in pocket for a fixed over and exercising before the over to give time to bettors to place their stakes.

Spot fixing: Sreesanth and 3 others in 2-day custody

Arrested Indian pacer S Sreesanth, cricketer Ajit Chandila and two bookies were on Sunday remanded to two more days of police custody by a Delhi court in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Agagrwal sent Sreesanth, Chandila and two arrested bookies Chandresh Patel and Ashwani alias Tipu to police custody till May 28 after special cell of Delhi Police said their custodial interrogation was required to unearth the entire conspiracy.

The court, however, rejected the police’s plea seeking two more days of interrogation of arrested accused Babu Rao Yadav, a former Ranji player, and remanded him to judicial custody till June 4.

Besides these five accused, cricketer Ankeet Chavan and three more bookies — Jiju Janardhan, Deepak Kumar and Manan Bhat — were also sent to judicial custody till June 4 by the court after the police said they were no more required for any further custodial interrogation.

These nine accused were produced before the court after expiry of their five days of police custody.

Delhi police has so far arrested 19 accused in connection with the spot fixing scandal case. Besides these nine accused, who were produced before the court today, arrested bookie Mohd Yahya is presently in police custody while other nine accused are in judicial custody till June 4.

During the hearing on Sunday, Sreesanth and Chavan also moved bail applications and the court fixed May 28 for arguments on their plea.

Chavan has sought bail on the ground that his marriage is scheduled on June 2.

Seeking extension of Sreesanth’s police custody by two more days, Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said that they need to interrogate him about the whereabouts of one Abhishek Shukla whose name has cropped up during the investigation.

The prosecutor said during interrogation, they have come to know that in one of the intercepted conversations, Shukla had asked someone to clean Sreesanth’s hotel room immediately after the cricketer was arrested.

(Source: PTI)