Dawood, Sreesanth made accused in IPL spot-fixing
The Delhi Police have filed a charge sheet in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel are the main accused. It has been claimed the entire betting syndicate was masterminded by them.
In the 6,000-page charge sheet, the police have charged the duo along with three Rajasthan Royals’ cricketers — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan — and 34 others, including bookies and fixers, with the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) and criminal conspiracy.
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has been made a prosecution witness in the case along with 168 others.
The police have booked the cricketers under MCOCA even though the court in June had granted bail to Sreesanth and Chavan and slammed the police for “misuse of this stringent provision and slapping a tough Maharashtra law on cricketers without sufficient evidence of links with organised crime.”
According to the charge sheet, all the accused were facilitating illegal acts of Dawood and Shakeel.
The charge sheet was filed in a Delhi court against 39 persons. Eight people are still in judicial custody, 21 out on bail and 10 others, including Dawood and Shakeel have been shown as absconders.A senior police officer said this is the first time that the Delhi Police have filed a criminal case against Dawood and his aide. The Delhi Police, in the charge sheet, have also mentioned a taped telephonic conversation between Dawood and Dr Javed alias Javed Chutani, a bookie based in Dubai.
“We have attached the CFSL report on call intercepts in the charge sheet along with the Home Ministry report saying that one of the voices has been identified as that of Dawood and a witness has also identified the don’s number,” a senior police officer said. The police claimed that they had intercepted conversations between Javed Chotani, also known as “doctor” and alleged Indian bookie Tinku Mandi.
These conversations led them to stumble upon the IPL spot-fixing. The police also mentioned in the charge sheet how they got eight phone numbers of Dawood from the Home Ministry. “We got Dawood on tape through one of the eight numbers used by him. His call was routed through India and ended in Dubai. This number was also used by his close aide Chhota Shakeel,” public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said.
In the charge sheet, the police claimed that the arrested bookies and fixers were the conspirators while Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan were the facilitators. The police claimed that Dawood and Shakeel operated through Salman, a bookie in Pakistan and Dr Javed, along with Indian bookies Ramesh Vyas and Tinku Mandi.