S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing in IPL 2013

Sreesanth, alongwith two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, has been accused of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League 2013 © IANS

New Delhi: May 16, 2013

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.

The Delhi police source said that these players were under the scanner for their role in spot fixing in some of the earlier IPL matches although they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.

The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.

The development comes as a shock for the IPL authorities who have time and again grappled with controversies and scandals ever since the league was launched in 2008.

IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said he was awaiting details on the incident.

Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghu Iyer said that the three players were picked up by Delhi police on Wednesday night and the team management was co-operating with the investigation.

“Rajasthan Royals has zero tolerance for corruption and we will take action, if charges are proved,” he said.

Rajasthan Royals also issued a statement in which they said that they are shocked by the development.

“We have been informed that three 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.

“We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game,” the statement said.

Reacting to the developments, Rajasthan Royal owner Raj Kundra tweeted, “When asked the repeated question is IPL fixed my answer is always IPL teams CAN’T be fixed but individual players who lack integrity can.

“Just when IPL was going on so smoothly without controversies I woke up to the news of 3 RR players alleged spot fixing. Investigations are on,” he said.

Ever since the league began in 2008, almost all the seasons have been marred by controversies.

Last year also five players were suspended on spot fixing charges. The players were, TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav, Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali.

And it’s not the first time that Sreesanth is at the centre of a controversy in the IPL. The temperamental paceman was involved in the infamous ‘slapgate’ in 2008.

He was slapped by India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and TV cameras caught Sreesanth crying. However, very recently Sreesanth claimed that he was never slapped but elbowed by the ‘turbanator’.

In the 2012 season, Australia’s Luke Pomersbach was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the Maurya Sheraton Hotel.

A case was registered against him under various sections of IPC including section 354 of IPC (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).

Then Bollywood star and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan was involved in an altercation with security officials and MCA imposed a five-year ban on him for entering the Wankhede stadium.

In another controversy, Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise was terminated by the BCCI for breaching its terms of agreement, in 2011.

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