Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan released from Tihar Jail

Seventeen bookies also get bail in spot-fixing case

Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan released from Tihar Jail

Two Rajasthan Royals cricketers, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, and 17 bookies held for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League were released on bail from the Tihar Jail on Tuesday. They were granted bail by a Delhi court on Monday.

Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said they were released around 8 pm from jail number one. The others who were released include Sreesanth’s friend Jiju Janardhan, Chandresh Patel and Ashwani Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandy.

Sreesanth was arrested at Carter Road in Mumbai on May 16, while Ankeet was held from the Trident Hotel at Nariman Point in Mumbai. Sources said Sreesanth was lodged in ward number 10 of jail number one along with teammates Ankeet and Ajeet Chandila.

Chandila, arrested outside the Hotel Intercontinental at Churchgate in Mumbai on May 16, had not applied for bail.

Sreesanth was earlier skipping meals and was often seen praying for release from jail.
Sources said he was fasting throughout the day and took meals only in the evening.

Additional Session Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna had granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each with one surety of the alike amount.

The court also indicted police for slapping stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and highlighted that there was no prima facie evidence to try them under the act.

“There is no reason for believing that the accused are guilty under the MCOCA at this stage. There is prima facie no sufficient material against the accused to establish their nexus with organised crime syndicate,” the court said.

The Delhi Police have so far arrested 26 people in connection with the case.

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