Jagdale, Raman questioned

Jagdale, Raman questioned

The Special Cell of Delhi police called former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Indian Premier League (IPL) chief operating officer Sundar Raman for questioning in the spot-fixing scandal on Monday.

The investigators wanted to know about BCCI’s role in the tripartite agreement with Rajasthan Royals and accused players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

“We have taken the written statements of Jagdale and Raman. The meeting was to know the terms and conditions of BCCI in the pact. Although Raman has resigned, he was the signatory at the time of the pact,” said a senior police officer.

Investigators also asked Jagdale why the BCCI or the IPL had failed to lodge a complaint with police even though the scam came to light on May 16.

They were called at the Hotel Maurya Sheraton for questioning on Monday afternoon. According to the officer, both were questioned for nearly two hours.

He said it was also necessary to take the version of BCCI as it is the third party in the case.

“We also wanted to know the revenue model of IPL and sought some clarifications on the agreement. Both were very co-operative and shared us key details which is very useful for the ongoing investigations into the scandal,” the officer said.

He explained that a notice was sent to Jagdale to appear before the investigators before he stepped down from his post as BCCI secretary.

“Earlier we took the statements of accused players and signatory person of Rajasthan Royals team so the statement of BCCI is needed for a fair trial in the case as it is one of the parties," the officer said.

Sources said the motive behind taking statements of BCCI and IPL officials is to find out a possibility to prove it in the court that the accused have cheated them.

In May-end, Rajasthan Royals (RR) team management had lodged a written complaint against its three tainted players – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and  Ankit chavan – who were arrested in connection with this scandal on May 16.

According to the agreement with the franchise and BCCI, the three players vowed that they will abide by the rules and regulations laid by BCCI and IPL.  “But they violated it and indulged into spot fixing for personal gains. It was a breach of contract,” the officer said.

In its complaint letter, the RR management said the three players allegedly indulged with a personal motive to make financial gains and they “fundamentally eroded” the sanctity of the game.

Police are legally examining the facts which they have received from Rajasthan Royals and BCCI. A team of advocates, which includes public prosecutors Dayan Krishnan and Rajiv Mohan, are scrutinizing the documents.

However, when asked about any further questionings, interrogations or arrests in the spot fixing scam, the official said, “Till the time we file the chargesheet anyone can be questioned. We are looking for eight more bookies in the case.”

So far, Delhi police have arrested 26 people including three players and 23 bookies in the spot fixing scandal.