New Delhi, July 4 -- Citing further investigations into the recent spot-fixing scandal, the Delhi Police Special Cell, on Thursday, claimed that some bookies involved in the racket had tried to rope-in Australian batsman Shane Watson through Ajit Chandila.
Chandila had, however, refused to do so since he wasn't 'capable enough' of approaching him. According to the statement of Rajasthan Royals and India Under 19 player Harmeet Singh, Chandila had been requested to do so at a secret meeting held at a hotel in Mumbai's Oshiwara.
"Singh, who was part of the team that won India the Under 19 World Cup, was present at the meeting. He is a resident of Malad in Mumbai and his name had first cropped up during the interrogation of recently-arrested bookie Jitender Singh alias Jeetu," said an officer.
The special cell claimed they had decided to question Singh since he was Chandila and Ankeet Chavan's team mate in the Air India team. Both Chandila and Chavan are already under arrest.
"It was in the month of February this year when he was playing a league tournament in Mumbai that Chandila called and asked to meet him at the Baba Hotel in Oishwara," claimed an officer.
"When he reached the hotel and met Chandila, he was taken to another room where he met some friends and finally to a different room where he met Manan, Jitender and another person whom he doesn't recognise."
Chandila, Singh claimed, told him to agree with all the men asked of him. It was in this meeting that Jitender asked Chandila to 'arrange some batsman' before finally mentioning Watson's name.
"When Chandila refused, Jitender asked for bowlers who could be asked to participate in spot-fixing. It was then that Chandila told Jitender that Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan had already been roped in," the officer claimed.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.