A Delhi court on Saturday adjourned the date till June 29 for order on fixing of charges in IPL spot fixing case. Cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, are accused in the case.
Special Cell of Delhi Police had charge-sheeted 42 accused in the case out of which six are absconding.
On May 8, Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna had reserved the order on framing of charges after special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed written submissions in support of his arguments advanced in the case.
The investigation conducted by the police in the case had come under scrutiny of the court which had questioned its theory of “match fixing”, saying there was prima facie no evidence showing that matches were fixed by the accused.
During the arguments on framing of charges, the police had referred to the telephonic conversations among the accused claiming they were involved in match-fixing and betting.
The investigation conducted by the police had earlier come under scrutiny of the court which had questioned its theory of "match fixing", saying there was prima facie no evidence showing that matches were fixed by the accused. The defense counsel had also argued there was prima facie no evidence to frame charge in the case.
In June last year, the court had granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and others accused for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Chandila was also granted bail.
The police, in its chargesheet, had claimed that Dawood and Shakeel, who have been "controlling the fixing and betting market" in cricket in India, were behind IPL spot-fixing.
Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan have been banned by the BCCI and the impact of the match-fixing and betting scandal went on to rock one of the world's most powerful cricket administrators, N. Srinivasan.
N. Srinivasan, whose aspiration to remain president of BCCI was negated by a Supreme Court order earlier this year, has been the biggest casualty in the IPL 2013 scandal but no player has been punished by the court so far.
(With Agency Inputs)
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