Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SPOT-FIXING SCANDAL - Sreesanth, Chavan and 17 others get bail

New Delhi: Delhi police suffered a huge setback as a trial court on Monday granted bail to 19 accused, including Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and 14 bookies, in the IPL spot-fixing scandal on Monday, after finding “no sufficient material” against them under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna said, “There is no reason for believing that the accused are guilty under the MCOCA at this stage. There are allegations of betting by bookies and fixing by players for benefiting the syndicate... After probing into the matter deeply and going into the materials placed before the court, this court finds that there is no sufficient material on record to establish that there is a nexus of accused with the organised crime syndicate,” the judge said while granting bail to the accused on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount. Imposing certain conditions, the court directed the accused to submit their passports before it and asked them not go out of India without prior permission. All the accused are at present in Tihar Jail and are likely to be released on Tuesday.

Besides the 19 who were granted bail by the court, six others are now in judicial custody till June 18 while one of the alleged bookies, Ramesh Vyas, is in police custody till June 18. Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila and six others have not yet applied for bail.

The court said it is prima facie not satisfied with the allegation that offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC are made out against the accused at this stage. It also said it is also not satisfied that “culpability and mens rea (guilty mind)” is made out against the accused. The court said the accused persons are not “habitual offenders” and have clean antecedents and they are not likely to flee from justice.

Apart from the two cricketers, the court granted bail to bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Amit Gupta, Ajay Goyal, Sunil Saxena, Bhupender Nagar, Chandresh Patel, Dipit Garg, Kiran Dole, Manan Bhat, Mohd Yahiya, Nitin Jain, Jiju Janardhan, Ramakant Aggarwal and Syed Durry Ahmed. The others who have been granted bail are Vikas Choudhary, a bouncer, businessman Vinod Sharma, and one Manish.

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