Bail has been granted by a Delhi court to Indian cricket Bowler Sreesanth and 17 others who had been arrested in connection to spot fixing and betting in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). The charges by Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the accused, which were sought by Delhi police were also rejected by the court.
The 19 accused will be released from Tihar Jail on Wednesday, but have been asked to surrender their passports. Ajit Chandila, the third Royals player under arrest, has not applied for bail yet.
Sreesanth, Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested on May 16, following which they were suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiry. They were charged under the Indian Penal Code sections 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating, and criminal conspiracy.
The police brought the don Dawood Ibrahim and alleged Pakistani bookie Javed Chotani into the picture by reading out a conversation between the two, in what seemed to be a property deal. They spent most of the day in vain, explaining the alleged underworld connection to betting and spot fixing in cricket.
They also claimed that they had 8 phone numbers given by home ministry, which Dawood allegedly uses. Ibrahim, currently believed to be in Pakistan, tops the list of most wanted men in India.