IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Police find Rs 20 lakh from Ajit Chandila's aunt's house

Ajit Chandila was arrested for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League 2013 © IANS

New Delhi: May 21, 2013
The Delhi police on Monday recovered Rupees 20 lakh from the residence of Ajit Chandila’s aunt in a town called Palwal in Haryana. This follows the continuing investigation of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

A police team arrived early on Monday morning in Palwal, which is close to Chandila’s home town of Faridabad. They found the money, which was stacked away in a cricket kit bag, as reported by Times of India.

“Chandila helped us locate the bag. The entire process was videographed so that it can be produced in court as evidence,” said a senior officer.

Police sources also revealed that a money trail involving Chandila’s Rajasthan Royals teammate S Sreesanth is also about to be found out. Sources said that the former India pacer went into a flurry of buying expensive gifts for close friends.

The police are trying to find out whether these purchases coincide with the dates surrounding  those when the bookies allegedly paid Sreesanth.

In the money recovered from Chandila’s relatives’ house, the police suspect the amount is exactly how much he took from the bookies as advance to concede 14 runs or more in an over.

Although Chandila away away exactly 14 runs, he did not give away the signal required for the bookies to take the bets. In the phone intercepts recorded by the police, bookies had demanded this advance back. Chandila, however, tried to calm them down by saying he would adjust the amount in future matches.

Police sources also said the role of Chandila’s cousin is also under investigation as it was the cousin who brought the money to the aunt’s house. In the phone intercepts, Chandila tells his wife to give the money to someone who would come to collect it.

Chandila’s family though is claiming that the money came to them as government compensation for three acres of land that was acquired.

The police said that according to the arrested bookies, Chandila had taken money from them nearly seven to eight times, but on many occasions he did not do to do their bidding.

Meanwhile on Monday, Rajasthan Royals had filed a First Information Report (FIR) against its three cricketers — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for violating their contract. This would help the police into establishing the case of cheating against the players under Section 420.

Two other fans have also filed complaints for being cheated. That too is being included in the police FIR.
The Delhi police have also called special prosecutor Dayan Krishnan and a former NIA prosecutor to prepare the spot-fixing case. Krsihnan was the prosecutor in the Nirbhaya case.

BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani on Monday held a meeting with Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar. The BCCI have agreed to provide all relevant match videos to the police. Sawani, a former CBI officer, tried getting some details of the ongoing investigation.

But the request was turned down and told that to do so the BCCI would have to get a court directive.

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