Three Rajasthan Royals players, Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, have been suspended by the BCCI after they were taken by police for questioning because of their alleged involvement in corruption in the IPL. The franchise issued a statement saying that they had been “taken by surprise” by the development.
A case has been registered at the Marine Drive police station in Mumbai under sections 420, which deals with cheating, and 120 (b), which deals with criminal conspiracy, of the Indian Penal Code. The players are in the custody of Delhi police.
“We have been informed that thee 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,” Rajasthan Royals said in a statement. “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.”
After initially neglecting the concern raised by the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) the BCCI officially allowed them to function in the IPL from 2010. In 2012, the BCCI set up its own anti-corruption unit, with former ACSU chief Ravi Sawani in charge, and his team has been present at various venues from this edition of the IPL. It is understood Sawani’s team had no role to play in the Royals’ players investigation, as it was an independent action by the Delhi police.
The Royals played a match on Wednesday night against Mumbai Indians and reports said Chavan, who played the game, and Chandila were detained by police after the completion of the game. Sreesanth was detained in Delhi. (Cric info)