Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan discharged in IPL spot-fixing case

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New Delhi, July 25, 2015

Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan discharged in IPL spot-fixing case
A local court here today discharged cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL)-6 spot-fixing case, holding that the police had failed to make out a case against them.
Lawyers for the players told journalists that Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna had discharged all 36 accused persons in the case.
Apart from being accused of cheating and conspiracy, they had also been charged under the tough Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA), a law enacted by the Maharashtra government to fight organised crime.
The three cricketers expressed happiness over the verdict, saying that they had always had faith in the judiciary and said they now wanted to return to the game at the earliest.
Test discard Sreesanth, 32, broke down in court after hearing the verdict. The other accused hugged each other.
"I am very happy. I thank God. I want to start training. Hopefully, I will get permission from the BCCI to use their facilities to train and come back into the selection process," Sreesanth told journalists outside the court.
"I was born to play cricket....the BCCI has been very supportive," he said.
Chavan also said it was an extremely happy moment for him and he wanted to get back to cricket at the earliest. He vowed to make a comeback to the game.
Chandila said he was happy to have come out of what was the worst period for him and his family. "But I had faith in God and the judiciary," he added.
The Delhi Police had in a sensational move, on May 16, 2013, arrested Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila -- all players for Rajasthan Royals -- from Mumbai for alleged spot fixing in matches in the sixth edition of the IPL tournament that was going on then.
On September 13 that year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) imposed a life ban on Sreesanth and Chavan for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scam.
In the case of Chandila, the matter of disciplinary proceedings against him is pending for a final decision before the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI.
Reacting to today's court order, the BCCI said that its decision would remain unaltered.
“Any disciplinary proceeding or decision taken by the BCCI is independent to any criminal ?proceeding and has no bearing. The decisions of the BCCI, based on its independent disciplinary action, shall remain unaltered," a statement from the Board said.

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