Ankeet Chavan allowed to leave jail for marriage

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan, arrested in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal, was Thursday granted interim bail by a Delhi court to get married June 2.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna granted Chavan interim bail till June 6 on a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh and a surety of equal amount.

"By denying accused to solemnise marriage which was already fixed, not only he but also the would-be bride and other relatives would also suffer because of no fault of theirs," the court said. It asked Chavan to surrender June 6.

Chavan moved a bail application before sessions judge after magisterial court denied relief saying social stigma could not be a ground to give him the concession.

Lawyer for Chavan, who was earlier sent to judicial custody till June 4, told the court that his marriage date was close and he needed to attend the ceremonies and if the wedding did not take place it 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 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 added.

Brother of Chavan's fiancee also filed an affidavit before the court along with the wedding card and other documents showing that the bookings, purchase of articles and all other preparations for the wedding have already been made.

The lawyer 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.

Chavan and his teammates S. Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot fixing in matches for payments up to Rs.60 lakh for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

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