New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) A Delhi court Tuesday extended by five days the police custody of cricketer S. Sreesanth, his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and eight bookies for alleged spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL.
Metropolitan Magistrate Saumya Chauhan granted police custody of the players and the bookies till May 26 when they were presented in a packed courtroom at the end of their earlier police remand.
The court also sent to 14 days’ judicial custody five other bookies, after the prosecution said they were no longer needed for interrogation.
Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan, appearing for Special Cell of Delhi Police, sought the the custody of Sreesanth and 10 others for five more days saying the accused were needed to unearth the whole conspiracy.
“They (accused) are needed for recovery of more spot fixing related money and equipments from various places,” he said, adding that they will also be brought before each other during questioning.
The prosecutor said their custody was also needed to arrest some co-accused.
Police told the court two mobile phones, bought with spot fixing money, were recovered from Sreesanth’s girlfriend.
Advocates appearing for the accused opposed the extension of their police custody, claiming that nothing remained to be recovered from them.
Sreesanth and 10 others were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police from the national capital region, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Police have booked the the cricketers under penal provisions of criminal breach of trust as they did not play for their team and played for the bookies for their own interest. They were also booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy.
The bookies were booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy.
olice arrested the Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals colleagues in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai May 16 for spot fixing in IPL matches for payments of up to Rs.60 lakh just for giving away a pre-determined number of runs in an over.
The cricketers had indulged in spot fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad, police said.