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IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: 4 players found guilty, probe panel suggests bans

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The tainted trio… (From left) S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila are at the centre of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy and the BCCI would discuss the Ravi Sawani report which recommends bans on the players © PTI

Sep 13, 2013

Ravi Sawani’s panel that investigated into the Indian Premier League (IPL), 2013 spot-fixing controversy is said to have found four players guilty and has suggested bans from five years to life. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) disciplinary committee is scheduled to meet today and will discuss the report.

NDTV reported that the accused Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan will be attending the meeting. Harmeet Singh, the young left-arm spinner will also be present along with Siddharth Trivedi. Ajit Chandila may not come as he very recently got bail.

The one-man Sawani panel investigated allegations that the three Rajasthan Royals players — Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila — conceded a pre-determined number of runs per over in exchange for money during the IPL this year. The trio had served some time in jail after being arrested on May 16.

Sawani’s report will now be studied by the BCCI’s Disciplinary Committee, which comprises Board vice-Presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah. Sawani, who heads the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, handed over the report to the Board during its Working Committee meeting in Kolkata last month.

After examining the report, the Disciplinary Committee will present the findings at the BCCI annual general meeting to be held on September 29. Sawani had earlier submitted an interim report, which was put on hold by the BCCI as he had not spoken to Chandila, who was in judicial custody till a few days ago. Chandila, who was granted bail on August 6 for two days to perform the last rites of his deceased brother, has denied the charges but is yet to meet Sawani.

The other two implicated players have also maintained their innocence after coming out on bail. The disciplinary committee originally had BCCI President N Srinivasan as well but he stepped aside after the arrest of his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan on charges of betting.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested on May 16, along with eleven bookies, and were charged under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy. The scandal led to an overhauling of the guidelines for players and owners in the IPL. The BCCI drew up an action plan called ‘Operation Clean-up’ which envisaged a series of measures to curb corruption in the IPL.

Cheerleaders were barred along with the after-match parties for players and support staff. It was also decided to restrict the movement of owners in the players dug-out and dressing room.

(with inputs from PTI)

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