Sreesanth, 2 others held over spot-fixing charges
May 16, 2013 10:36 AM , By Staff Reporter | 26 comments
File photo. Rajasthan Royals Sreesanth during a practice session in Jaipur.
File photo. Rajasthan Royals Sreesanth during a practice session in Jaipur.

The special cell of Delhi police on early Thursday morning (2.30 AM) arrested three players of Rajasthan Royals, a cricket team participating in Indian Premiere League (IPL), over the allegations of spot fixing in the IPL matches.

S. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila along with five other bookies were arrested by the special cell of Delhi police.

Chavan and Chandila were arrested from Trident Hotel, were taken to Marine Drive police station. In a secret operation carried out late night, the police officers sneaked in to Trident Hotel bypassing all the security arrangements. While Sreesanth was arrested from a friend’s house. The cases under section 420 and 120 (b) have been registered against players.

The Mumbai police on Tuesday night had arrested Ramesh Vyas, along with two other bookies from South Mumbai. According to police officials, Vyas was working as a middleman between the bookies from Pakistan and India and had found phone records showing that 30 calls were made to Pakistan.

According to sources, the arrested bookies provided vital information about the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, with the help of which action against players was taken. It is also learned that the police have the names of other players as well, including some foreign players, and more arrests are likely. The matches under scanner include Wednesday’s match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, along with 10 other matches.

Though police officers have refused to make any official comment, it is learned that all three players will be taken to Delhi by Afternoon and will be produced in the court there.

Owner of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty have said that the management will help police authorities in probe. Kundra tweeted early morning saying, team cannot be fixed, but individual players who lack integrity can be fixed.

PTI adds:

The players are likely to be suspended from the IPL and an official from the BCCI will make a formal announcement soon. The matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI headed by Arun Jaitley.

Investigators said besides telephone records, they also have evidences of messages passed through BBM and Whatsapp.

The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.

Rajasthan Royals issued a statement in which they said that they are shocked by the development.

“We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything.

“We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game,” the statement said.

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  • Actually IPL is not cricket or a sport. It is business. The amount of money is terribly huge. I saw a small size pizza sold at 350/- day before yesterday in Chennai Stadium. Then you see the amount in which the pizza contractor would have paid to the concerned officials to put up a sales shop.. This is an example of the money rotated. No doubt this is a tip of ice berg. As said by many if 50% of amount spent on IPL is diverted to other sports, India would easily get into top 10 in Olympics
    From: Gokul
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:56 IST
  • Why single out IPL? I am surprised that our establishment has bitten the bullet and acting, without pussyfooting on this right at the fag end of the IPL - It is a good sign. Greed is there everywhere, IPL is no exception. The usual rant against the players getting paid highly and still doing such things is anything but meaningful as greed is the order of the day and no one is an exception. What made cricketers get involved in match-fixing when IPL did not exist. I am sure a lot of the cricketers are decent folks who would resist mammon for the love of their game.
    From: Mahadevan
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:41 IST
  • Pretty Shame for Indian Crictet,Just after waking up From the Laxman SivaRamaKRishnan Controversy,I need to make one Point Clear Sreesanth is the Only one Player among those three to be played in the International Level,His Obnoxious Character and his rival with his big Teammembers defenitely put him taste the pinch of salt,Anyway truth needs to come out and if the players are found gulty the BCCI should ban them from any form of cricket lifelong....
    From: Vikas Vijay
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:39 IST
  • Why would someone pay sreesanth to play bad..? When he is already playing bad!!!
    From: pritam narkhedkar
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:32 IST
  • I lost all the interest in ipl.I didnt expect this.
    From: mohammad shahbaaz
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:26 IST
  • These cricketers should be ashamed of spoiling the spirit of the game. Inspite of the BCCI doing so much for the welfare of cricketers, they are greedy for money. Just ban them for life, and in future they should never be allowed to be involved themselves in the game.
    From: Neddy.
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:11 IST
  • I smell something deeper in this. I have a feeling that Rajasthan Royals have often been targeted behind closed doors, and the fact that a gentleman such as Dravid got angry yesterday after a poor umpiring decision further reinforces my thought. It could possibly be that many other players are involved in this fixing, but the Raj. Royals players are being victimized.
    From: Abhinav
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:05 IST
  • Embarrassing absolutely embarrassing! These guys are paid in aplenty when compared to any other sport in our country where they are struggling to pay players' monthly wages. This IPL is more about a platform to showcase the glitz and glamor of the celebrities rather than the players to showcase their talents. Please do not kill the sport. With that said spot-fixing is cheating thyself, thy team and all the fans around the globe, which calls for suitable punishment or a ban for that case.
    From: Vinayan
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 11:52 IST
  • Sreesanth was on his way back to Indian team.The spot-fixing case in which Sree is involved can be a conspiracy involving his "twitter enemy".Moreover his presence in the team was always been a headache to some players including captain.So with this allegation Sree can be made "OUT"....
    From: Arun
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 11:49 IST
  • there is zero percent benefit because of this ipl. due to the night time matches many regions suffer from power cuts in this horrible summer. there is no power for people in some regions like vidarbha.the farmlands get dried up due to lack of irrigation, which is due to lack of power cut. and now the match fixing scandal. what are the players, the organizing authorities, the franchises upto? all this is because of the lust for money!!!
    From: phani
    Posted: May 16, 2013 at 11:48 IST