The Rajasthan Royals have initiated a police case against S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, their three players accused of spot-fixing. The IPL team has also increased the security deployment for the team, a press statement said today.
"The contracts of all three players have been suspended pending enquiry," they said. "We have already filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against all three players earlier today. The security deployment for the team has been expanded, again in close consultation with the BCCI."
"The franchise is in daily contact with the police authorities in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai for providing any cooperation/information that they might require."
"The franchise has been hit very hard across the board, and we have executed the strongest possible course of action in keeping with our zero-tolerance approach to these terrible actions. As stated earlier, we will protect the good, as well as seek punishment for the bad."
YET ANOTHER CRICKETER ARRESTED
Baburao Yadav, a former domestic player has become the sixth cricketer to be apprehended in the on-going mop-up of bettors and spot-fixers.
Yadav was a Vidarbha player before he switched to the Indian Cricket League. He was working with the Railways and has been suspended from his position as an operator in the signal and telecom division, reports CNN-IBN.
Yadav was detained by the Delhi police.
ARRESTED PLAYERS TO SEEK BAIL
Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan may apply for bail as their five-day police custody ends on Tuesday. Sreesanth has appointed a new lawyer to handle his case. Deepak Prakash, who was with him earlier, will give way to Rebecca John.
20 LAKH FOUND AT CHANDILA'S HOME [Link]
The Delhi Police claim to have found Rs. 20 lakh in cash stored in a cricket kit, NDTV reported. The money was discovered at the Faridabad home of his relative. The police claim that Chandila pointed them to the money during his interrogation.
VOICE SAMPLES TO BE TESTED
The Delhi police has collected voice samples from the trio. The samples will be matched with the voices on the phone conversations tapped by the police and sent for forensic testing to build up the case against the arrested cricketers. The testing will by done by Hyderabad's Central Forensic Science Laboratory.
NEW LAWS AGAINST MATCH-FIXING? [Link]
India’s law minister Kapil Sibal has spoken of the possibility of introducing laws to curb corruption in sport.
"Match-fixing destroys the confidence of the public who believe that all sporting events are fair and the outcomes are based on the performances of the sportspersons on the field. Any attempt to fix a match and its result cannot be allowed. I have asked the Secretary, Legislative, to come up with a proposed legislation to ensure that any attempt to fix matches, in any sport, attracts exemplary punishment," Sibal told The Indian Express.
“The present provisions of the IPC don't allow prosecution for match-fixing as it is not an offence. The nearest provision under which a player or someone who indulges in match-fixing or spot-fixing can be booked is Section 420 of the IPC, which deals with cheating or fraud. However, past experience of using this provision of IPC has not been very good, since many previous attempts to prosecute the accused have failed. That is why it is necessary to come up with a special enactment to deal with this."
NEL SLAMS SREESANTH [Link]
South Africa's Andre Nel, who was involved in a famous duel with Sreesanth in the Johannesburg Test of 2006, has said it was "stupid" of the Indian to get caught at a time there was increased scrutiny
“He (Sreesanth) was a decent bowler, but I don’t know why he got involved with fixing. I was shocked when I read about this. It’s pretty stupid that he got involved with fixing when everybody now is on the lookout for people who indulge in it. It’s pretty stupid of him to do it,” Nel told MiD DAY from Pretoria.
SREESANTH INVOKED POLITICAL CONNECTIONS [Link]
Sreesanth began shouting and claimed he had close connections with the Kerala and Maharashtra chief ministers after he was accosted by police for alleged spot fixing.
Sources told IANS that Sreesanth was with a woman companion in an SUV outside a five-star hotel on Carter Road, Mumbai, when a team of Delhi Police intercepted them.
"When a police officer showed him his identity card, initially he kept silent. But suddenly he started shouting and said that he knew the chief ministers of Maharashtra ad Kerala. How can they arrest him, he demanded," a source said.
He also handed over his mobile phone to the police officers asking them to call the chief ministers.
Police sources said Sreesanth was drunk at the time of his arrest and he mistakenly thought he was being detained for drunkenness.
FORMER RANJI PLAYER IN THE NET [Link]
The Delhi Police arrested three more persons — including former Ranji player Manish Guddewar, who allegedly acted as links between players and bookies.
“Manish Guddewar, 32, a former Ranji player from Vidarbha, and bookies Sunil Bhatia, 44 and Kiran Dole, 42, were arrested from Aurangabad around 5 am on Sunday,” special commissioner of police S.N. Srivastava said.
Guddewar and Chandila, neighbours in their younger days, used to practice cricket together. Guddewar played Ranji matches between 2003 and 2005 and helped Dole and Bhatia meet Chandila to fix matches.
The arrested trio has been found to have links with Ashwani Aggarwal, a bookie already in the Delhi Police’s custody, and their role in the recent spot- fixing scandal is under the scanner, sources said.
RELIGIOUS POSTS IN DIARY [Link]
The police have got around 1500 contacts from one of Sreesanth's mobile phones that was seized earlier.
“The ones which are in code names would be checked thoroughly,” police sources said adding that the fast bowler’s laptop was being analysed with the help of experts.
“Three diaries of Sreesanth show that he used to write on a fairly regular basis on his feelings but had lately stopped. The recent posts are on a lot of religious things,” sources said.
The police seized a laptop, one blackberry phone, one ipad, a SIM card, a Tata photon card, three dairies and cash of R72,290 from the two rooms 1213 and 1214 booked by Sreesanth at the other hotel on May 14 and 15.
WANTED TO PARTY WITH MANY WOMEN [Link]
Sreesanth had plans to party all night “with as many women as possible” on May 15, the Delhi Police have said. They claimed the cricketer was drunk and easily lured to Mumbai’s Trident hotel, where police had already arrested his bookie friend Jiju Janardhan.
“We nabbed Jiju first and sought his help in luring Sreesanth,” an investigating officer said Sunday. “Jiju was made to call and tell him to come to the Trident, so he could be introduced to a female friend.” Minutes later, Sreesanth arrived at the Trident with a “woman on his arm”.
Police also said that when Jiju called him, Sreesanth told him he was “resting at home”. But it turned out he had been at the InterContinental Hotel with his "girlfriend".
DROPPED DUE TO TANTRUMS [Link]
According to a Rajasthan Royals source, the tainted pacer was dropped from the squad due to his tantrums off the field. Times of India quotes an anonymous team official as saying that Sreesanth had a tiff with skipper Rahul Dravid due to his exclusion.
Rajasthan Royals had 'sacked' Sreesanth before the game against Mumbai Indians on My 15, the official said. He clarified that the team had no knowledge of Sreesanth's corrupt activities.
"We had no idea that spot-fixing was happening. He was asked to leave because he had been throwing tantrums for the past few days," he said. "This spot-fixing thing hit us out of the blue."
He is said to have confronted Dravid and demanded that he be included in the playing XI as he was the best medium-pacer in the country. "At that time, we thought he was just frustrated at having to sit out," the official said. "Now, as we look back, we realize that perhaps he was doing that under pressure from bookies."
BCCI WANTS ICC TO ERASE RECORDS [Link]
The Indian Express reports: "Like in the Olympics, where the banned players have to return their medals if found guilty (of a wrongdoing, like doping), Sreesanth will have to return the medals he won while playing for India. It was also decided to erase his records from domestic and international cricket. BCCI president N Srinivasan agreed to this," said a source who attended the BCCI meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
Day 3: Cash, laptop seized from Sreesanth's room
Day 2: Sreesanth, Chavan confess to crime
Day 1: Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan arrested