Cricketer leads police to relative's house
During a raid at the house of a relative of arrested Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ajit Chandila in Haryana’s Palwal district on Monday, Delhi Police found Rs 20 lakh in cash that was allegedly paid for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
S N Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said the cash was seized after Chandila himself provided the information. “On sustained interrogation, Chandila told police that a part of the cash received for spot-fixing was stashed in his cricket kit bag kept at his aunt’s house,” sources added.
Chandila accompanied the police during the raid early and helped them recover the bag, which also contained his personal belongings. “We have videotaped all the proceedings under Section 27 of the Indian Evidence Act,” Srivastava said.
Police have been conducting extensive raids at the houses of Chandila and his arrested team-mates S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan in an attempt to unearth their role in the scandal.
Chandila has already confessed that he took part in spot-fixing in this year and last year’s edition of IPL. The 29-year-old, with arrested bookies Jiju Janardhan and Manan, was later in the day taken to Central Forensic Science Laboratory in outer Delhi’s Rohini area to record voice samples, which will be compared with conversations recorded after their phones were tapped.
When asked whether the trio willingly went to CFSL or the investigation sleuths had to get an order from the court, Srivastava said that they were sent to the lab with their consent.
On the other hand, Chavan’s parents met the special cell’s officers at the department’s Lodhi Road office. Police, however, refused to divulge more information in this regard, saying that it was part of the routine process.
Meanwhile, the management of Rajasthan Royals has lodged a written complaint with Delhi Police for violation of contract by Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan.
“The team management mentioned in its complaint that three of its players were involved in discrepancies and that they had come to know about the unfair means adopted by them. They mentioned the names of the players,” Srivastava said.
The complaint has been added to the case filed at the special cell police station under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. “No other first information report (FIR) will be lodged separately. Rajasthan Royals’ complaint has been added to the previous FIR registered on May 9,” sources said.
Spot-fixing is said to have taken place during three of Rajasthan Royals’ matches — on May 5, 9 and 15 against Pune Warriors, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians respectively.
Srivastava added that the department has received two more complaints from the general public who feel cheated. The complaints are for the matches on May 9 and May 15.
“The complainants claim that besides cheating, the cricketers have criminally breached the trust of the fans,” he added.
Srivastava also urged viewers to file a criminal case against the accused if they felt cheated. “We will welcome complaints from people as there are provisions in the law which are applicable for such crime,” he said.
A cricket fan in Chennai has also lodged a complaint against the three cricketers with Chennai Police, alleging that they caused a wrongful loss to him as a paid spectator. K P Ramakrishnan also said that the BCCI has not done enough to keep the IPL clean, and believes that board president N Srinivasan should step down on moral grounds.
A public interest litigation has also been filed in the Supreme Court seeking that a Special Investigation Team look into the scandal. The petitioner has asked for a stay on the rest of the matches of the IPL tournament until the probe is complete.