Dawood Ibrahim named in IPL chargesheet

The BCCI, that 'did nothing to stop betting', and several players and bookies, also named.

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NEW DELHI: Delhi police have name underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim and the BCCI in the IPL match-fixing chargesheet that was filed on Tuesday.

Dawood is suspected to have controlled betting operations in India through his nexus of bookies in Pakistan, while the BCCI - that  'did nothing to stop fixing' - was blamed for allowing betting-conducive conditions to foster in the cash-rich IPL.

Chhota Shakeel and Rajasthan Royals cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were also named in the chargesheet.

"The players and others have also been charged with criminal conspiracy,
cheating and dishonesty," special prosecutor Rajesh Mohan told AFP.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had earlier said that he would like the charge sheet to be filed before he hangs up his boots July 31.

'Larger syndicate'

Delhi police had earlier also told the trial court that the accused were "part of a larger betting syndicate" controlled by underworld don Dawood and his
aide Chhota Shakeel.

Dawood, an Indian national thought to be living in Pakistan, has been accused by Indian authorities of crimes including the 1993 Mumbai bomb

The accused cricketers "knowingly abetted the operation of this international organised crime syndicate", according to the police.

Sreesanth is the most famous of the three cricketers arrested, having played 27 Tests for India.

39 implicated

The 6,000-page document includes the names of 39 persons for cheating and conspiracy under IPC and provisions of MCOCA. Rahul Dravid and Harmeet Singh have been made prosecution witnesses in the case.

The other accused include Ashwani Agarwal, Ramesh Vyas, Deepak Kumar, Sunil Bhatia, Firoz Farid Ansari, Javed Chutani and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav, Salman, Manoj Guddewar, Amit Kumar, Jiju Janardhan, Chandresh Patel, Ramakant Aggarwal, Rakesh, Kiran Dole, Mohd Yahya, Manan, Ajay Goel, Love Garg, Amit Gupta, Bhupender Nagar, Sunil Saxena, Sayed Durez Ahmed, Vikas Chowdhury, Vinod Sharma, Nitin Jain, Abhishek Shukla and Jitender Jain.

The bookies named in the document include Ramesh Vyas and Tinku Mandi, ex Ranji player Babu Rao, Sreesanth’s close aide Jiju Janardhan and Mohammed Yahya, who was picked up when he was fleeing to Dubai.

The chargesheet was filed under stringent sections of MCOCA and IPC.

Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, along with 11 bookies, were arrested from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi during the IPL-6 in May.

The police subsequently made 10 more arrests from various parts of India. Twenty-one of the accused, including Sreesanth and Chavan, are out on bail, while the others, including Chandila, remain in judicial custody.