IPL spot fixing: Tainted trio terminated from Rajasthan Royals franchise

New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): The Rajasthan Royals franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday terminated the contracts of its three players-S.Sreesanth, Amit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing in the T20 league.

The franchise also announced a filing of an FIR against the tainted trio, based on information provided by Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur.

Earlier in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) anti-corruption unit head Ravi Sawani on Monday met Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar over the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

According to television reports, Sawani, who has been appointed by the BCCI as commissioner of inquiry to probe spot-fixing allegations, said the Cricket Board has assured the Delhi police of providing all possible assistance in their investigation.

"I had a fruitful meeting with Delhi police Commissioner and other top officials. The BCCI has assured Delhi police of all its co-operation," Sawani told media after the meeting.

Earlier, the BCCI has decided to appoint anti-corruption officer with each of the IPL franchises along with a security officer to monitor the movement of players.

Talking to reporters in Chennai yesterday, BCCI chief N. Srinivasan said the board has appointed its anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani as the Commissioner of Enquiry and he has been asked to file an internal inquiry report soon to enable the board to reach a decision on the issue.

He, however, admitted that the BCCI's anti corruption units have limitations and is handicapped to take action against the bookies.

He also said that the entire IPL cannot be seen in bad light due to the actions of the three arrested players.

IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla had said that the decisions taken by the BCCI working committee will help the game tackle the menace of fixing.

Meanwhile, three more persons, a former Ranji player and two bookies have been arrested in Aurangabad in connection with the spot-fixing case.

Sreesanth and the other two cricketers Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai on Thursday by Delhi Police for allegedly spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of up to 60 lakh rupees just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over. (ANI)

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