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Cricketer S. Sreesanth. Photo: Reuters
Cricketer S. Sreesanth. Photo: Reuters

IPL spot-fixing: 36 accused, including S.Sreesanth, discharged

The case was put for order on framing of charges against 36 accused persons who were on bail

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday discharged all 36 accused, including cricketer S. Sreesanth, in the spor-fixing case that had surfaced in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Other two prominent IPL players, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who were on bail, were also discharged in the case in which six persons including gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel were proclaimed offenders.

“All are discharged (from the case)," said additional sessions judge Neena Bansal Krishna while pronouncing the order.

The case was on Saturday put for order on framing of charges against 36 accused persons who were on bail. Sreesanth, 32, broke down on hearing the order while the other accused including the players present in the courtroom hugged each other.

Sreesanth said at last justice has been done to him, adding, “God willing, I will be able to return to cricket. I have no regrets, no complaints."

The court had on May 23 reserved for 25 July the order on framing of charges in the spot-fixing case. The special cell of the Delhi police had named 42 accused in the case in its chargesheet out of whom six are absconding.

Police had told the court that properties of Dawood and Shakeel in Mumbai have already been attached in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and that they have not visited India since 1993.

Police had informed the court that Dawood had properties in his name at Dongri in Mumbai whereas Shakeel owned properties in Nagpada there.

The court had earlier issued non-bailable warrants against Dawood and Shakeel, Pakistan-based Javed Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehteysham, who all are considered to be Dawood’s associates.

The police had filed a 6,000-page chargesheet against various accused in the case.

It had also filed supplementary charge sheet later on. The court had granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and other accused for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The police, in its chargesheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been “controlling the fixing and betting market" in cricket in India, were behind IPL spot-fixing.

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