Live: IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy — Gurunath Meiyappan asked to appear in Mumbai by police

Gurunath Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan and the team principal and CEO of the Chennai Super Kings © AFP

Mumbai: May 22, 2013


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20.07 hrs: Income Tax department begins probe in illegal cash transactions

In more trouble for the arrested cricketers and bookies in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, the Income Tax department has begun a probe into alleged hawala and illegal cash transactions and will question them, reports PTI.


19.10 hrs: N Srinivasan should step down as BCCI chief: Lalit Modi

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi tweeted that BCCI chief N Srinivasan and his family members should resign immediately. Modi also blasted top BCCI officials Rajiv Shukla and Arun Jaitley. Here are his tweets:



19.00 hrs: Sports Minister Jeetendra Singh says IPL should not be stopped

Sports Minister Jeetendra Singh told CNN IBN that the recent spot-fixing controversy has not only given a bad name to cricket, but sports as a whole. However, he does not think that the tournament should be stopped.

“[I] don’t think one should stop IPL, but certainly time has come to create checks and balances…We must ensure more responsibility for all,” he said.

18.45 hrs: Former betting king says more IPL matches were fixed

Former betting king Dinesh Kalgi added fuel to the spot-fixing fire, saying that “at least 15-20 matches” in IPL 6 were fixed. In an interview with CNN IBN, Kalgi said that the recent controversy is just “small fish” being caught. “All that recently happened is very normal. This is not fixing. They were trying something that didn’t work. These are just small fish. No one will cheat for Rs. 20-25 lakhs .. This was amateurish fixing; they didn’t know how to go about it properly,” he said.

“This season at least 15-20 matches are fixed. Bollywood is also involved but they will never get caught. It’s these small fish that will come under the net. Besides, this is not a criminal act or drugs, etc. This is being done for fun and money; there is no genuine love for sports here,” he added.

Kalgi said that betting is widespread in all countries. “High-level fixing happens in Australia, South Africa, London and Dubai. It’s all planned there.

In the Indian team or any team for that matter, I believe no one is honest. Everybody does whatever they want for money, be it in Australia or South Africa. Whoever has more control indulges in this. New players also learn the ways eventually. There is no cricketer who does not do it for money. And not just players, even sponsors and selection committees are involved.

“There is only one big syndicate that is operating all this. Players are told that ‘if you want to do it, do it’. The big players are offered big money. No one is doing this under pressure. It’s all for money,” Kalgi revealed.

18.10 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh known as ‘Jack’ in betting circles: Sources to Times Now

Times Now reports that actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch yesterday, has revealed to the cops that he was known as ‘Jack’ in betting circles. Vindoo also revealed that he met CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappa, who was also questioned by the police, three years ago.

18.00 hrs: Chandila got 49 lakhs from 3 bookies?

ABP News and Times Now have both reported that cricketer Ajit Chandila received a total of Rs 49 lakhs from three bookies for fixing an IPL match. Delhi Police sources say that Chandila was the middle-man between cricketers and bookies. Chandila would get commission for this role.



17.30 hrs: Sreesanth’s company planned to run betting houses?

Spot-fixing accused cricketer S Sreesanth owned majority stake in a company called “S36 Sports & Entertainment Private Limited”, which planned to run betting houses, reports the Deccan Chronicle.

According to S36’s memorandum of association filed with the registrar of companies in Bengaluru, the company’s main objectives are: “To run in India and/or abroad coaching centres, gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, betting houses, indoor stadiums, sports physiotherapy centres, sports bars…”

Gambling is banned in India and is a punishable offence under the Public Gambling Act. The Indian gambling market is estimated to be worth $60 billion (Rs.3,30,000 crore) per year.

17.24 hrs: Mumbai Crime Branch sources told Times Now that they are investigating whether influential people in IPL franchises had a hand in influencing team decisions, which aided the spot-fixing.

17.00 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with the close relative of a big Bollywood star, sources in the Mumbai Crime Branch told Times Now. This person’s phone records are under investigation.

16.35 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh confesses to betting, made Rs 17 lakhs from betting in IPL 6, reports Times Now. He also admitted to helping two bookies escaping to Dubai.

16.25 hrs: Sunrisers Hyderabad-Rajasthan Royals match under scanner

Times Now reports that the police are investigating yet another match in the spot-fixing saga. This match took place on May 17 and was played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Hyderabad.

Times Now sources said that one of the three arrested cricketers had agreed to spot-fix in the May 17 match. So, the arrest of the trio on May 16 foiled the efforts.



16.16 hrs: Preity Zinta defends Bollywood

Bollywood actor and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta has come out and defended the Indian film industry, which was under attack after small-time actor Vindoo Dara Singh was arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with the spot-fixing scam.

Zinta told Times Now that it isn’t fair to generalise and blame the entire industry for everything. Zinta asked Bollywood critics whether they would ban politics too with the number of scams being exposed.

16.07 hrs: Mumbai Crime Branch seize Vindoo Dara Singh’s laptop and iPad

Times Now reports that the Mumbai Crime Branch is currently searching actor Vindoo Dara Singh’s house at suburban Juhu for evidence. The CB found mobiles of an arrested bookie at Vindoo’s residence. Vindoo’s laptop and iPad were also seized by the police.

15.50 hrs: 6 bookies sent to 14-days judicial custody

Times Now reports that six of the arrested bookies in the spot-fixing case were produced in court and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody.

13.45 hrs: Gurunath Meiyyapan could be questioned, says Police

CNN IBN reports that the person Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with in the Chennai Super Kings management is the CEO and team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan.

The Police said they have not found links to them and spot-fixing but Meiyappan could be linked in heavy betting. They also confirmed that Meiyappan could soon be questioned.

Earlier, the news channel had reported that he was in touch with a relative of one of CSK’s owner and placed bets on that person’s behalf. The Police was also probing how he got access to CSK’s VIP box where he watched the match alongside Sakshi Dhoni, wife of CSK skipper MS Dhoni.


11.25 hrs: Mumbai Police allege umpire’s involvement

Mumbai Police are refusing to rule out the involvement of umpires as the spot-fixing scandal plot thickens.

According to a report in Times of India, Mumbai Police has hinted at the alleged involvement of an International umpire officiated in one of the matches in which the three arrested Rajasthan Royals players played.

10.45 hrs: Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan to submit more names

According to Doordarshan News, fresh names in connection with the spot-fixing scandal will be submitted by the public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan


10.10 hrs: Delhi Police claims elaborate planning done for spot-fixing

According to Times Now, the Delhi Police has claimed that elaborate planning went into the spot-fixing scandal ahead of Indian Premier League 2013. They claimed that Jiju Janardhan, the bookie who was allegedly in touch with S Sreesanth, had bought a new sim from Kerala while one of the arrested cricketers Ajit Chandila had three phones on his name and was in touch with four different bookies.

09.37 hrs: Police claim nexus between Vindoo Dara Singh and bookie Ramesh Vyas

According to Times Now, Police have established link between Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh and arrested Mumbai-based bookie Ramesh Vyas.

09.06 hrs:  Vindoo Dara Singh in touch with Chennai Super Kings’ owner’s relative

CNN IBN is reporting that the arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with a relative of one of the owners of the Chennai Super Kings. A link to him involving to spot-fixing is yet to be established but sources suggest he indulged in heavy betting.

The Police is probing how he got access to CSK’s VIP box where he watched the match alongside Sakshi Dhoni, wife of CSK skipper MS Dhoni.


09.10 hrs: Sreesanth failed to spot-fix?

CNN IBN sources claim that S Sreesanth failed to spot-fix during Rajasthan Royals’ match against Kings XI Punjab where he was allegedly asked to give away 14 runs in his second over but could manage only 13. The sources went on to claim that Sreesanth bowled a deliberate no-ball but the umpire did not notice it.

The Kerala pacer has maintained his innocence.

08.45 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh is a bookie?

In a startling revelation, sources close to Times Now have said that actor Vindoo Dara Singh is a bookie. The actor was earlier arrested on Tuesday for his alleged links with the bookies in the ongoing spot-fixing scandal in IPL 2013.

May 21, 2013

21.50 hrs: S Sreesanth has said in a statement that he is innocent and he has never indulged in any spot-fixing, reports PTI.

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19.34 hrs: Bharat Petroleum suspend Sreesanth

Public sector company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) suspended tainted cricketer S Sreesanth who was arrested by Delhi police on allegations of spot fixing.

Sreesanth was posted in the Marketing division of BPCL at Irumpanam near here as Assistant Manager, BPCL sources said.

Sreesanth was earlier dropped from the Kerala Lottery advertisement.

(With inputs from PTI)

19.21 hrs: New anti-fixing law soon?

Law minister Kapil Sibal has said that the government is mulling the introduction of a new anti-fixing law. Sibal had a meeting with sports minister Jeetendra Singh today and are waiting to get the approval from the Attorney General. The details will be thrashed out later.

19.00 hrs: Meanwhile, in a completely unrelated development, Sahara has pulled out of the IPL. This means the Pune Warriors team will no longer take part in the tournament from next season. Sahara also said that they will end their relation with Indian cricket after December 2013. Remember that Sahara are the principal jersey sponsors of the Indian cricket team.

Here is the full story.

18.36 hrs: S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan subjected to five-day police custody

Delhi Police have been granted five more days of police custody of the tainted trio to continue their investigations in the IPL spot-fixing controversy. Three cricketers — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — along with eight bookies were denied bail by the court. Three of the 11 arrested have been granted judicial custody.

18.06 hrs: Mumbai Police press conference

Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy confirms that they have made three fresh arrests — hawala operator Alpesh Patel, actor Vindoo Dara Singh and Prem Taneja. Rs 1,28,00,000 have been recovered from Patel.

The Mumbai Crime Branch had earlier arrested six bookies.

17.21 hrs: Sreesanth made purchases of Rs 1.95 lakh in a single day: Delhi Police

According to PTI, Delhi police have said that spot-fixing accused S Sreesanth had purchased clothes worth Rs.1.95 lakh in a single day in Mumbai before Rajasthan Royals’ match against Mumbai Indians on May 15. The police also said that Sreesanth made cash payment for the clothes.

Sources told CNN IBN that he also purchased a Blackberry Z10 — the latest smartphone in the market for a “friend”.

Meanwhile, another section under the IPC will be added to Sreesanth’s case. He will face charges of criminal breach of trust under Section 409.

17.10 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh confesses to being in touch with bookies

CNN IBN say that Vindoo Dara Singh has confessed to Mumbai Police to being in touch with not just bookies, but even cricketers. He has been remanded to police custody till May 24.

17.04 hrs: Vindoo Dara Singh sent to police custody till May 24

Vindoo was arrested under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police have also arrested bookie Alpesh Patel.

15.25 hrs: Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested

Bollywood actor and son of the late Dara Singh, Vindoo Dara Singh, has been arrested by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch for having links with bookies. The arrest confirms Bollywood’s connection with the spot-fixing scandal.

Times Now reported that Vindoo was pulled up by the police for possibly acting as a conduit between players and bookie Ramesh Vyas.

Vyas is the person who connected bookies in India with those in places like Dubai and Pakistan. The Crime Branch told Times Now that Vyas has his office in Kalbadevi, Mumbai, where he ran an “international telephone exchange”.

Here is CricketCountry’s story on the same.

ANI News posted a tweet showing a screen-grab of Vindoo being taken into custody:

Alternative Cricket posted a tweet showing Vindoo sitting next to MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi during an IPL game. Vindoo Dara Singh told MiD-DAY after the April 6 match that he was invited by CSK team owner Gurunath Mayappan. Friends of Dhoni clarified to ABP News that Vindoo was just attending the April 6 match and the Indian captain and his wife have nothing to do with the actor.


14.42 hrs: Supreme Court refuses to ban remaining IPL matches

The Supreme Court (SC) has refused to ban the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 matches. The tournament will proceed as scheduled. The hearing lasted for about 20 minutes.

During the hearing the SC ordered the BCCI to take the necessary action relating to the spot-fixing. The SC has also ordered the BCCI to complete their probe in two days, as reported by First Post.

Here is CricketCountry’s story of the same.

11.35 hrs: Police looking to extend custody of trio

The Delhi police special cell unit is questioning the Rajasthan Royals’ players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan again. Their custody ends today [Tuesday] and the players are due in court later in the day.

The police are looking to extend the custody by another five days, as reported by First Post.

11.09 hrs: Supreme Court to hear PIL seeking stay on IPL matches

The Supreme Court has agreed to give an urgent hearing to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking stay on all remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 in view of the spot-fixing scandal.

The petition by Lucknow resident Sudarsh Awasthi has made all IPL franchises and BCCI party in the case along with the Centre.

“There are many irregularities in the IPL beginning from auction of players. Black money and money from anti-social elements are involved in the IPL which needs to be probed,” read the petitioned submitted.

It sought a stay on remaining four matches including the final match of the IPL till the probe is completed.

(With more inputs from PTI)

9.52 hrs: Police to reject Sreesanth’s bail

According to Times Now, Police is expected to reject Sreesanth’s bail on grounds that the Kerala bowler is not cooperating with the investigation. Police sources were quoted saying Sreesanth was an active member in the ongoing scandal and has not revealed where the money he got from one of the bookies went.

Sreesanth’s lawyer Deepak Prakash said he will seek bail as his client’s custody ends on Tuesday.

09.15 hrs: Baburao Yadav arrested!

The Delhi Police have arrested Baburao Yadav for the ongoing spot-fixing scandal, as reported by First Post. Yadav had introduced bookie Sunil Bhatia to Chandila and fixed a meeting for them in the national capital.

May 20, 2013

20.45 hrs: Rajasthan Royals have suspended the contracts of the tainted trio until the investigation is complete.

“Based on the information provided by the authorities, the contracts of all three players have been suspended pending enquiry,” Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur said in a statement.

17.25 hrs: NDTV reports that Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the three tainted cricketers for violating contract.

15.03 hrs: Public Interest Litigation filed in Supreme Court

A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the ongoing spot-fixing scandal. The petitioner has also asked for a stay on the rest of the tournament until the probe is complete.

14.52 hrs: Fan in Chennai files police complaint

A cricket fan from Chennai has filed a complaint against the accused trio — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — after feeling cheated by they alleged acts.

The file was lodged with the local police in Chennai. The fan has also said that the BCCI has not done well to keep the Indian Premier League clean and believes N Srinivasan should step down from the role of the Board President on moral grounds.

14.15 hrs: The lastest news is coming from Times Now, who are saying that the police has recovered and seized cash worth 20 lakhs at Ajit Chandila’s residence.

13.15 hrs: Sreesanth’s revelation to Delhi Police

According to an Indian Express report, S Sreesanth has revealed the names of some of the prominent Indian players lured by bookies using women and cars.

Sreesanth also alleged that the bookies had gifted these players a hummer and other high end cars, expensive watches and women at parties to convince them to indulge in spot-fixing.

The police said that they are yet to look into his startling statement and investigate into the matter.

During the course of police investigations of the spot-fixing episode, it has emerged that S Sreesanth revealed the names of prominent India players who were reportedly lured by bookies through expensive gifts.

Sreesanth alleged that the bookies had gifted these players a Hummer and other high end cars, expensive watches and women at parties, convincing them to spot-fix, revealed sources. Police sources said they are yet to corroborate Sreesanth’s statements and are investigating the matter

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During the course of police investigations of the spot-fixing episode, it has emerged that S Sreesanth revealed the names of prominent India players who were reportedly lured by bookies through expensive gifts.

Sreesanth alleged that the bookies had gifted these players a Hummer and other high end cars, expensive watches and women at parties, convincing them to spot-fix, revealed sources. Police sources said they are yet to corroborate Sreesanth’s statements and are investigating the matter

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During the course of police investigations of the spot-fixing episode, it has emerged that S Sreesanth revealed the names of prominent India players who were reportedly lured by bookies through expensive gifts.

Sreesanth alleged that the bookies had gifted these players a Hummer and other high end cars, expensive watches and women at parties, convincing them to spot-fix, revealed sources. Police sources said they are yet to corroborate Sreesanth’s statements and are investigating the matter

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12.07 hrs: Delhi Police find damning evidence against Sreesanth on his laptop

The Delhi Police told CNN IBN about finding more evidance on the seized laptop belonging to the Kerala pacer Sreesanth. The evidence included an image of him posing with one of the bookies who has already been arrested in the probe. They also found several email conversations between Sreesanth and two bookies, identified as ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Jiju.’  They said that these mails had been deleted and the Indian police cyber cell was brought in to retrieve the data.

11.20 hrs: Cannot divulge information to BCCI: Delhi Police

The latest news as per Times Now is that the Delhi Police have refused to give any further information of their inquiry into the three alleged players after N Srinivasan asked for it to support BCCI’s internal inquiry.

10.55 hrs: BCCI anti-corruption team to meet Delhi Police
According to News Channel CNN IBN, a BCCI anti-corruption team are set to meet Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Tuesday. BCCI President said on Sunday that the board will cooperate fully with the Delhi Police’s investigation and have requested more information to conduct a domestic inquiry.

10.30 hrs: Rajasthan Royals urges media to calm down

As reported by First Post, Rajasthan Royals franchise urged the media to restrain from indulging in guess work by speculating on more player involvement without substantial proof. They warned the media saying they would “pursue any defamation with the utmost vigour.”


09.40 hrs: S Sreesanth’s lawyer could apply for bail today

The first news coming in this morning is that S Sreesanth — one of the three accused of spot-fixing in IPL 2013 — could apply for bail today, as reported by CNN IBN.

May 19, 2013

19.00 hrs: Kapil Sibal proposes new anti-betting bill

With the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy refusing to die down, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday proposed to tackle fixing and other illegal activities in Indian sports. As reported by CNN IBN, he spoke to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh to propose his idea.

 “There’s no definition of match-fixing in Indian law. We need to define it as an offence,” Sibal said.

Sibal, who recently took charge of the Law Ministry, wants strict punishment for the guilty.

18.30 hrs: IANS reports that the Delhi police have arrested three more persons in context to the ongoing cricket scandal, which includes a Ranji-level cricketer from Vidarbha named Manish Gudewa.

13.40 hrs: N Srinvasan talks to the media.

BCCI President addressed the media after their meeting in Chennai and spoke about the ongoing issue. While talking about he said that the board is handicapped when it coems to controlling the bookies.

“We are not a police or a government organisation, so we are handicapped when it comes to control over bookies.”

Srinivasan, however, assured that the player access to their agents will be monitored closely with the requirement of the agents to be accredited henceforth.

About punishing the guilty, Srinivasan maintained that if the trio is found guilty of the spot-fixing charges, they will be dealt with severly. He also refused to comment on remarks made by Lalit Modi.

13.20 hrs: NDTV is reporting that Rajasthan Royals have decided to file an FIR against the trio – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – for cheating the public and franchise.

12.30 hrs: The latest report coming is from the BCCI meeting. The board has decided that all the player agents will be accredited henceforth. This will help the board keep a close watch on the player-agent relationship and curb the menace of malpractice to an extent.

11.15 hrs: BCCI’s much-awaited meeting is underway in Chennai. The board is expected to hold press conferences later during the day. It will be interesting to see what the BCCI bigwigs decide to do with the three alleged players. At the moment, they are yet to be proven guilty by the court of law. Will BCCI take action anyway?


09.40 hrs: BCCI will have an important meeting to discuss the way ahead on the spot-fixing saga. Earlier on Friday, BCCI President N Srinivsan told NDTV that if any of these players are found guilty of the offense, they will not be spared. A life ban in the offing? We’ll have to wait longer to know that.

May 18, 2013

18.00 hrs: NDTV reports that some police sources have revealed their findings from the taped conversations that the bookies had threatened the cricketers.

17.45 hrs: Ajit Chandila’s house raided by Delhi Police!

A Special Cell of the Delhi Police comprising of six officers raided Ajit Chandila’s house in Prahladpur in search of further clues on the spot-fixing issue for which he has been arrested.

17.00 hrs: Sreesanth checked-in into a different hotel?

According to NDTV, Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Himanshu Roy, held a press conference to talk about the arrests made by the Delhi police. The most shocking revealation was that Sreesanth had booked a separate room in a hotel for himself that wasn’t the team hotel. Roy further added that a laptop, an iPad, a mobile, some cash, a data card and a diary which appear to belong to Sreesanth have been recovered.

Roy also said that a bookie named Ramesh Vyas was arrested on May 14 who used as many as 32 mobile phones to carry out the nefarious activities. As many as 92 mobile phones, 18 sim cards, 1 laptop and some cash was seized by the Mumbai police.

“We have reason to believe Sreesanth and Jiju (the arrested bookie) checked into this hotel room late on May 13,” revealed the commissioner.

Mumbai Police seems to be gaining major strides in the investigation as Roy revealed that the department is in the process of obtaining CCTV footage from the hotel. He also confirmed that they have obtained permission from the court to use a mirror image of the seized gadgets in their investigation.

14.20 hrs: “I have no words to condemn what has happend. We don’t want to be in a position where we have to answer questions on credibility. No punishment is little for them,” Srinivasan.


14.15 hrs: “The fault lies with the greed of the players. The BCCI and IPL will never come under the Right to Information Act (RTI)”, says Srinivasan.

14.10 hrs:  “The BCCI is hurting. I don’t like being in such situations. We will take all necessary steps to eradicate all this. Why don’t you wait?” tells N Srinivasan to CNN-IBN.

14.00 hrs: BCCI chief N Srinivasan to CNN IBN: “The BCCI is extremely concerned. I cannot say what action will be taken against the cricketers unless the BCCI Working Committee meets.”

“I will not give any credit to what Lalit Modi says. I don’t want to talk about what he is saying and will not act on what he says,” adds Srinivasan.

13.15 hrs: Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan to be questioned again!

The Delhi Police has said that the accused trio will be taken for a second round of questioning on Saturday in the capital. So far, as per police reports, Chavan was the first one to confessed to the crime. Kerala fast bowler S Sreesanth then followed suit by saying he was ‘done in’ by the bookies.

10.30 hrs:  Investigators look to trace money trail!

The news coming in this morning is that the Delhi Police has amped up its efforts and sent investigators to four difference cites in the country to find the money trail in the latest spot-fixing scandal.

May 17, 2013

17.30 hrs

Time Now is reporting that the Rajasthan Royals owners Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra alongwith skipper Rahul Dravid will be called in for questioning in the spot-fixing scandal that allegedly includes three players from their franchise.

15.20 hrs: Two more Rajasthan Royals’ player under the scanner?

First Post is reporting the alleged involvement of a former Australian and a current Indian cricketer from Rajasthan Royals in a possible spot-fixing charge in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League. Naming the two players, the report says that the Delhi police told their correspondent about their involvement in IPL 2012 fixture between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. This is coming from the cricketer-turned-bookie who is currently being interrogated. At the moment, these are only police statements. We will have to wait for further information and proof for the same.

15.15 hrs: BCCI could sue players!

According to CNN IBN,  BCCI may take the trio — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh — to court. A decision is expected to be taken in their meeting on Sunday.

14.20 hrs: Two associates of bookies arrested!

According to news channel IBN7, Mumbai police have come into the fray as they arrested two associates of the bookies arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the spot-fixing case.

The two associates, identified as Pravin Behra and Nirak Shah have been accused of providing SIM cards to the bookies arrested for making international calls.

14.10 hrs: Chandila has done no wrong, says lawyer

Ajit Chandila’s lawyer has come to the defence of his client, saying he has been framed.

Talking to the media, he said, ” This is all built up evidence, he has nothing to do with this controversy. He has not accepted any money from anyone. The Delhi police is doing this to divert attention from other issues. All unlawful and illegal procedures have been used to track these conversations.”

13.45 hrs: Sreesanth kept in separate cell!   Delhi Police keep Sreesanth in a separate cell, away from the other two accused during interrogation. CNN IBN reports that the police commissioner spoke to the Kerala speedster who said he wasn’t aware of any bigger betting racket.

13.40 hrs: CNN IBN reports that BCCI has suspended Amit Singh, the cricketer who turned into a bookie. He will not be allowed to play domestic cricket as well.

A BCCI statement stated, “Amit Singh, a registered player with the Gujarat Cricket Association, who has also been arrested by the Delhi Police, has been suspended by the BCCI, pending inquiry.”

This also means he will not be eligible for any payments from BCCI until the end of the probe.

13.20 hrs: Times Now is reporting that the bigwigs of the BCCI will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the spot-fixing issue.

12.15 hrs: Ankeet Chavan’s brother defended his brother claiming he is innocent while talking to the media. He says Ankeet was dragged into this and trapped.

12.10 hrs: ABP News is reporting that Sreesanth has confessed and said that Jiju Janardhan, one of the arrested bookies, lured him into the spot-fixing racket. He also claimed that the ‘bookies did him in’ as per Times Now.

These are, however, only Police statements and hold no legal implications. He has every chance to backtrack and get away. Transcripts of the alleged conversations between him and the bookies continue to hold the key.

11.47 hrs: According to Times Now, S Sreesanth’s lawyer has said that his client is innocent. The channel is also reporting that BCCI will appoint independent officer to probe into the entire scandal. Sreesanth had said that

11.40 hrs: Meanwhile, CNN IBN has reasons to believe that Dubai-based Sunil Abhichandani may be behind IPL spot-fixing. Times Now is also reporting that Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to investigate the case.

11.15 hrs:  The LATEST on the spot-fixing saga is that Ankeet Chavan has confessed to wrong-doing. Times Now is reporting that Chavan said, ‘Yes, I made a mistake,” while being interrogated by the Delhi police. He breaks down while interrogation.

11. 05 hrs: Times Now reports that a special cell of the Delhi Police has started the process of interrogation of Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan.

May 16, 2013

20.30 hrs:  PTI has reported that advocate Deepak Prakash, who appeared for Sreesanth, told reporters that he told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma that the cricketer is innocent and there is no evidence against him in the case.

20.15 hrs: Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar to CNN-IBN: “Found out a Dubai-based caller during investigation.” 

19.35 hrs:  IANS reports: A Delhi court Thursday sent, to five days police custody, India fast bowler Sreesanth as well as his Rajasthan Royals colleagues Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, all arrested for spot fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

19.20 hrs: “We have operated as a family, I am deeply distressed. We have the desire to win, and it has been evident throughout the tournament. I hope fans get behind the team as it has been a tough day for me and cricket,”said Rahul Dravid in a statement.

19.15 hrs: “Delhi police seeks 7-day police custody of Sreesanth and other accused arrested in the spot-fixing scandal case,” PTI reports.

19.05 hrs: Lalit Modi to CNN-IBN: I believe there is more to the IPL spot-fixing controversy. The cricket boards and administrators have to wake up now.

“I forwarded the emails to BCCI official which I recieved from a British journalist Edward Hawkins that a few IPL 2013 matches are likely to be fixed,” Modi says.

18.15 hrs: Press Trust of India (PTI) on Twitter informs: “S Sreesanth and his two teammates of Rajasthan Royals reach Delhi court in the IPL spot-fixing scandal case. The cricketers and others with their faces muffled taken to the magistrate’s residence inside Saket district court complex.”

15.30 hrs: Delhi police commissioner to media: The mastermind of the episode is sitting abroad. Who is he, I won’t be able to tell you. 

The batsmen have nothing to do with it: Police.

The Delhi police have over 100 hours of audio of the conversation between the tainted cricketers and the bookies.

The players and bookies will be charged under the MCOCA act. All three players were aware of each other’s roles.

15.25 hrs: Delhi police commissioner rubbishes claims of Sreesanth’s father about MS Dhoni’s involvement in the episode. “MS Dhoni did not put towel in his [Sreesanth’s] pants,” he said.

“If needed, we will contact the Income Tax and Enforcement directorate departments,” he said.

“We were working on this since April. We only came across these three cricketers and since we had the evidences, we arrested them,” he said.

Further arrests will be made, NO MORE PLAYERS WILL BE ARRESTED.

Delhi police: No Australian cricketer involved in spot-fixing.

15.20 hrs: Media are asking their questions. Shaun Tait WAS NOT involved, clarifies Delhi police commissioner.

There is no confirmation about involvement of players from other teams.

15.15 hrs: Ankeet Chanvan rigged ONE OVER FOR Rs 60 LAKHS! The Rajasthan spinner gave away 14 runs in his second over against the Mumbai Indians, after allowing only two runs off his first over. The Delhi police has produced concrete evidences. Chavan had leaked 14 runs off the first three balls, and in the remainder of the over, he gave away only one, points out the Delhi pollice.

Bookies were staying in the same hotels where the teams were staying.

The Delhi police were present in all such matches.

15.10 hrs: Delhi police: Sreesanth decided that the over in which he will bowl loose and give more than 14 runs, he will put a towel in front side of his pants. This happened during the IPL 2013 match between RR and Kings XI Punjab on May 9 in Mohali. The police have shown this through video clippings.

15.05 hrs: Ajit Chandila did bowl the over in which he was supposed to give instructions, but he failed to give instructions to the bookies which was decided earlier. Chandila said he will pull his shirt from both sides and look towards the sky, Delhi police informed. 


15.00 hrs: “There was an agreement between the players and the bookies about certain number of runs to be given in an over. The bookies also gave instructions to cricketers about giving signals before bowling that rigged over,” says Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar. Modus operandi was adopted.

Ajit Chandila failed to give signals to the bookies and this led to a fight between the two, which was meant to happen during the match between Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India on May 5.

14.30 hrs: The BCCI chief said people have committed mistakes but that doesn’t mean cricket should be stopped. “We will give severe punishments,”he said.

Srinivasan said, “We do not know what the FIR states and the exact charges. The Rajasthan Royals communicated to BCCI they have zero tolerance. We will get more details from the police and then take further steps. One can’t assume this will happen all the time.”

“There are some bad eggs. Most of our players play very honestly, some acts cannot tarnish cricket,” he added.

Srinivasan said the BCCI thought the action taken against the cricketers last year was enough.

“We cannot police the country, we will re-examine to see if we need to take more steps,” he said. 

“IPL can’t be called untenable due to few bad eggs,” he said.

14.20 hrs: Srinivasan says he doesn’t think cricketers are not being paid properly. BCCI was shocked at the development. We will do everything that is necessary to address this issue,”” said the BCCI chief.

14.15 hrs: BCCI President N Srinivasan through video conference said, “People involved are Ranji Trophy players and a Test player, that is what is shocking. We acted the moment we found out. We will take actions as per our rules and disciplinary procedures. I hope nobody esle is involved. We will not tolerate corruption in cricket.

Srinivasan has declined commenting on Sreesanth’s father’s allegations of MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh’s involvement., He said mere arrests of the cricketers prompted the board to act swiftly.

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13.58 hrs: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar expresses his “shock” at the current IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

“You always expect the unexpected in T20 cricket. It’s a great platform for players to showcase their talent. They are even rewarded over-handsomely. But if players are tempted to fix games, it is shocking,” he told NDTV.

13.50 hrs: Rajasthan Royals’ official Twitter account has tweeted, “There is nothing wrong with Rajasthan Royals as a team. It is these individuals lacking integrity that are ruining it.”

13.45 hrs: Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals teammate Stuart Binny tweeted about Rahul Dravid’s mood following the scandal. He wrote: “We all r vry shocked- Rahul bhai was a lil shaken up bt he is fine now.”
He also wrote, “Gettin a lot of tweets to find out how’s Rahul bhai doin.He is fine and has asked all the #rr supporters to stand by us . Love u all #ipl”

13.35 hrs: Apart from the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers the following people have been arrested according to India TV reports:

Chandresh Patel, Manak Upendra Bhatt, Amit Ramgovind Singh, SS Nambiar and Jiju Janardan. Janardan is the cousin of Sreesanth and was an U-22 player for Gujarat.

13.20 hrs: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly spoke to CNN-IBN, “I am disappointed and angry at what has happened. If found guilty they should be banned for life. This type of corruption is up to the player , no one can force you. The deed is done by the player, no one can force him. I am very upset with Sreesanth. This is a complete loss of a talent. I am really feeling sorry for Rahul Dravid.”

He also said that he is disappointed with Sreesanth and he will wait for the allegations to be proved true.

13.00 hrs: Former BCCI President Sharad Pawar said: “I just saw on TV that BCCI has suspended these three players. It is the correct action. They should not stop here. They should conduct a thorough enquiry. If the charges are true, these players should be banned for life. Unless such harsh decisions are taken, these incidents won’t stop. This is bringing disrepute to the game and India.”

12.55 hrs: Unconfirmed reports say two other Rajasthan Royals players Shaun Tait and Owais Shah are under the scanner. Rupees 1.2 crores are said to be found in fast bowler Tait’s hotel room, reported leading Indian TV news channels.

12:45 hrs: The Sports Ministry has released a statement as reported on

It is very unfortunate that the Delhi Police have arrested some cricket players for their alleged role in the spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL tournament. The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Jitendra Singh has spoken to the Chairman of the IPL Shri Rajeev Shukla on the issue and impressed upon him to take urgent steps to put in place a mechanism to prevent such unethical activities and ensure clean sports in the country. The Minister also emphasized that strict action be taken against all those who are found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others.

12:38 hrs: BCCI general manager Ratnakar Shetty said to the press, “It’s really shocking. BCCI is all for a clean sport and we have always maintained zero tolerance when it comes to doping and corruption. Our actions are there to prove that we mean what we say.”

12.24 hrs: BCCI have suspended Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on suspicion of spot-fixing in IPL until further notice.

BCCI released a statement on the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

“The BCCI has zero tolerance to corruption. We will offer all cooperation to the Delhi police and all other authorities in their investigations in this matter. The IPL Governing Council has met and decided that the cricketers found involved will be dealt with severely,” the statement said.

“As of now, the three players viz; Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth stand suspended pending enquiry. All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty,” it stated.

“The BCCI engages the services of the anti corruption wing of the ICC to educate and monitor players and support staff in prevention of corruption of any form in the game. In fact, it is wholly unfortunate that despite such education, best playing conditions and terms of engagement offered, some players seem to be indulging in such activity,” the BCCI said.

12.20 hrs: Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid held a team meeting regarding the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy

12.03 hrs: The spot-fixing case to be referred to Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI for further action.

Fifty phones are said to be on surveillance. Three matches are said to be fixed by the cricketers.

11.55 hrs: BCCI President N Srinivasan to address the press and shed more light on the alleged IPL spot-fixing controversy that broke out earlier this year.

11.40 hrs: Dubai Mastermind? The Delhi Police sources say that the hand behind the whole scandal could be  in Dubai. They also claimed that close to 50 phone calls were made to Dubai.

11.30 hrs: Sources say that the charged players are likely to be suspended from the IPL.

11.15 hrs: Ajit Chandila is innocent, says family!

Ajit  Chandila’s mother spoke to the press and said that he cannot be involved in something like this.

11.05 hrs: All roads lead to Dubai? Delhi Police is looking to confirm nexus between the alleged scandal and the international betting syndicate with strong links pointing towards Dubai.

11.00 hrs: Delhi Police to hold separate Press Conferences!

The Delhi Police will hold a press conference at 15.00 hrs.

10.55 hrs: International players also involved?

According to Times Now, two international players could also be involved in the scandal.

10.50 hrs: BCCI takes a strong stand!

The BCCI have come out and issued a strong statement. Anurag Thakur, BCCI general secretary, said that the board will take stringent action against the player and have ZERO tolerance for corruption.

10.45 hrs: KCA backs Sreesanth: The Kerala Cricket Association backed Sreesanth in the event but said they will take action if proven guilty. They issued a statement saying, “Sreesanth is an emotional personal and not the kind who will be involved in this. Police is investigating the matter. This will affect his career. If any role is proved of his involvement, he will have to face action.”

10.40 hrs: More matches under the scanner?  The Delhi Police claimed to have electronic evidence of spot-fixing taking place and also said that they have enough reasons to believe that there were irregularities in all of Rajasthan Royals’ matches. This, apart from matches playing in Mumbai, Mohali, Delhi and Jaipur.

It was also confirmed that the arrested trio will be produced in Saket court in Delhi.

10.25 hrs: Rajasthan Royals co-owner takes to Twitter!

Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra tweeted “It’s unbelievable, Rahul Dravid will be more hurt if any of this is proven true.”

10.20 hrs: Delhi Police used whatsapp! According to reports on Times Now,  the Delhi police had 70 phones under surveillance during their probe and were keeping a tab on softwares like Whatsapp and Blackberry messenger. In this process, they found the alleged involvement of the trio.

10.20 hrs: Kirti Azad blames IPL for the ruckus!

Former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad pointed fingers at the cash-rich league for the scandal and said that the BCCI has not done enough to curb the menace of match-fixing.

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor felt that no judgement should be passed on the players until they are proven guilty.

10.15 hrs: IPL GC reacts! The IPL Governing Council sources said that the Disciplinary Committee will examine the turn of events. If found guilty, the sources confirmed, that strict action will be take.

10.12 hrs: More players involved? According to Times Now, there could be many more players involved in the scandal.

10.10 hrs: Sreesanth arrested from friend’s place! S Sreesanth was arrested in Mumbai from his friend’s place while Chandila and Chavan were taken into custody from the team hotel at Nariman Point by the special cell of the Delhi Police.

The arrests occurred after the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede.

10.05 hrs: Wednesday’s fixture between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals is under the scanner.

10.00 hrs: Case Registered! According to a CNN IBN report,  A case has been registered at the Marine Drive police station against Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan under charges of IPC sections 420 (for cheating) and 120 (b) (for conspiracy). However, there was no news of it against S Sreesanth. Chandila and Chavan were left behind in Mumbai while Rajasthan Royals travelled to Hyderabad for their next game on Friday.

09.45 hrs: Rajasthan Royals release statement! The franchise has reacted officially to the arrest of their three players in connection with spot-fixing in the IPL 2013. The statement read as follows:

“We have been informed that 3 of our players have been called in for investigation on spot-fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything.”  The team management also confirmed that they are in touch with the BCCI and will fully cooperate in the process of the investigation.

In a sensational development, Indian paceman S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi police on the charges of spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.

The special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth from his friend’s place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers were arrested on Wednesday night from the team hotel at Nariman Point for their alleged role in spot-fixing.

The arrest took place immediately after the players returned to their team hotel, following their match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium. The hosts won by 14 runs.

(With inputs from PTI)