S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have been arrested by the Delhi police on Thursday in IPL spot-fixing allegation that has probably busted a huge underworld sleaze scam that may have managed to fool a billion people who love the sport.
A special cell of the Delhi police arrested S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai on Thursday, for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad.
What followed was an uproar from the cricketing industry, the IPL team owners and two billion fans.
We give you live developments on this big story:
* Sreesanth’s lawyer rubbishes reports on escorts and says that he spoke to Sreesanth and he said that he is not at fault.
* Ankeet Chavan confesses to the police during interrogation that he has made a maistake and that he has done wronng.
* Tamil Nadu Police conducting searches in several places in Chennai in connection with alleged IPL fixing and betting.
* While Ankeet Chavan’s parents refuse to talk to the media, his elder brother, Nihar Chavan, an airline cabin crew member, says the spinner had no reason to indulge in corrupt activities.
* One of the 11 bookies arrested so far in the latest IPL spot-fixing scandal is named Amit Singh – a former Rajasthan Royals player who was released by the franchise as latest as last year.
* The transcript of the taped conversations between the players and the bookies revealed that the bookies used to arrange women for those players involved in spot-fixing. It was learnt that two bookies, Manan and Chand, “arranged” women for Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila on at least three occasions. It was also reported that when S Sreesanth was arrested from a Mumbai hotel, he was found along with a girl in his hotel room.
* It could be curtains as far as Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila’s cricket career is concerned as the BCCI is set to impose a life-ban on the players.
* He had reportedly roped in Chandila and Chavan in the fixing. Police said the money trail was routed through Dubai and about 30 calls were routed through Pakistan.
* Police said Sreesanth communicated with bookies through What’sapp and Blackberry Messenger and was not in direct touch with them over phone.
* Sreesanth alleged to have links with D-company. Chandila was sent by Sreesanth to Sahara Mall in Gurgaon to meet the bookies who operated in Gujarat, as the front runners for D company. The meeting lasted about 45 ,minutes. Cops claim they
have evidence of it.