Tainted cricketer Ankeet Chavan weds Neha Sambari

Tainted cricketer Ankeet Chavan weds Neha Sambari

Tainted cricketer Ankeet Chavan weds Neha Sambari

Disgraced Mumbai cricketer Ankeet Chavan savoured moments of happiness as he tied the wedding knot with Neha Sambari in a quiet ceremony here Sunday afternoon.

Chavan, who was arrested in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scam mid-May, was released last Friday by a Delhi court on bail for six days to enable him enter into the wedlock planned several months ago.

After his marriage and post-wedding functions, Chavan will return to the lockup June 6, as per the court orders.

Smiling but sombre, Chavan arrived Sunday afternoon at the wedding venue - Kohinoor Banquet Hall near Shivaji Park - in a marriage procession which included family members, friends, a few neighbours and several cops in plain-clothes.

He sported a creamy white designer kurta, a dark brown dhoti and a red turban, while his bride Neha wore an auspicious red wedding sari as they entered the venue.

After the nuptials were performed around 5 p.m., the newly-married couple sportingly posed for photographs before a battery of media photographers who virtually gate-crashed the venue.

Cricketers, film stars and celebrities, who usually throng such weddings, were conspicuous by their absence.

A wedding reception has been planned Sunday night at the same venue, in which over 400 invited guests are expected to participate and partake in a typically Maharashtrian vegetarian wedding feast.

Chavan, along with his team mates S. Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila -- all playing for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals - were nabbed by Delhi Police in Mumbai May 16 on charges of indulging in spot fixing in an IPL match.

He was granted bail by a Delhi court specially for his marriage with stringent conditions, including furnishing two sureties and a personal bond, surrendering his passport and not attempting to contact anybody connected with the IPL scam.