IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Tainted cricketers' custody increased

S Sreesanth met his family members on Sunday © PTI

New Delhi: May 26, 2013

Arrested Indian pacer S Sreesanth, cricketer Ajit Chandila and two bookies were on Sunday remanded to two more days of police custody by a Delhi court in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal case.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Anuj Agagrwal sent Sreesanth, Chandila and two arrested bookies Chandresh Patel and Ashwani alias Tipu to police custody till May 28 after special cell of Delhi police said their custodial interrogation was required to unearth the entire conspiracy.

The court, however, rejected the police’s plea seeking two more days of interrogation of arrested accused Babu Rao Yadav, a former Ranji player, and remanded him to judicial custody till June 4.

Besides these five accused, cricketer Ankeet Chavan and three more bookies — Jiju Janardhan, Deepak Kumar and Manan Bhat — were also sent to judicial custody till June 4 by the court after the police said they were no more required for any further custodial interrogation.

These nine accused were produced before the court after expiry of their five days of police custody.

Delhi police has so far arrested 19 accused in connection with the spot fixing scandal case. Besides these nine accused, who were produced before the court on Sunday, arrested bookie Mohd Yahya is presently

in police custody while other nine accused are in judicial custody till June 4.

During the hearing on Sunday, Sreesanth and Chavan also moved bail applications and the court fixed May 28 for arguments on their plea.

Chavan has sought bail on the ground that his marriage is scheduled on June 2.

Seeking extension of Sreesanth’s police custody by two more days, Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said that they need to interrogate him about the whereabouts of one Abhishek Shukla whose name has cropped up during the investigation.

The prosecutor said during interrogation, they have come to know that in one of the intercepted conversations, Shukla had asked someone to clean Sreesanth’s hotel room immediately after the cricketer was arrested.