New Delhi: Patiala House Court dropped all the charges against Rajasthan Royals pacer S. Sreesanth and 41 others in the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing scandal. The entire case has been dropped due to lack of evidence.
On May 16, 2013, the Special Cell of Delhi Police carried out raids in Mumbai and arrested three Rajasthan Royals players – Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – on charges of spot-fixing. The special cell had named 42 accused in its charge-sheet.
During the arguments on framing of charges, the police had referred to telephonic conversations among players and bookies to establish their match-fixing and betting charges.
The Police had also alleged that call detail records clearly reflect the linkage of accused persons who were part of a crime syndicate to generate money. The court had earlier declared underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel as proclaimed offenders as they are evading arrest in the matter.
Earlier on July 14, a Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years each due to betting. Team owners Gurunath Meiyappan (Chennai) and Raj Kundra (Rajasthan) were banned for life from cricketing activities in India by the panel.
IPL spot-fixing case which involves cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were part of Rajasthan Royals franchise when the scandal broke back in May 2013. Earlier, the three accused cricketer got bail after lack of evidence under the provision of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).