The Delhi Police on Thursday invoked stringent sections of cheating and criminal conspiracy against the accused in the IPL match fixing case involving three cricketers and 11 bookies.
Conventionally,match fixing or spot fixing case is registered under the Gambling Act,but keeping in mind an earlier Supreme Court order of public being cheated at large,the police registered cases of cheating and criminal conspiracy this time.
Police officers said that with electronic evidence not permissible under the Gambling Act,under which these bookies are arrested,they are almost immediately released on bail.
A senior lawyer said the police will have to strictly comply with the provisions of the Telegraph Act before the intercepted conversations between players and bookies are admitted as evidence in the court. First,they will have to meet all the terms mentioned in the Telegraph Act,which includes voice samples in the same condition as the intercepted conversations. They will also have to produce the authorisation letter from the concerned authority citing permission to tap the phones of the concerned players and bookies. Without these proofs the case could fall flat, said Ramesh Gupta,a senior lawyer. The cheating of public at large they are talking about is a notional one. There is no specific law to deal with match fixing, he added.
Senior advocate K T S Tulsi had a different take: This time the police have much better evidence where the accused is also a bribe seeker. The police made their surveillance and waited till anything could be firmly established.