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Cops want Sree bail cancelled

Booking pacer under MCOCA in chargesheet,Delhi Police want him back in custody

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2013 1:01 am

The Delhi police’s special cell submitted its 6,000-page charge sheet in the Indian Premier League spot fixing case,which named underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and the ‘Dawood-Chota Shakeel syndicate’ as the main conspirators responsible for controlling the illegal fixing/betting market in India.

Naming a total of 39 accused in the case,including Dawood,Chota Shakeel and cricketers S Sreesanth,Ankeet Chavan,Ajit Chandila,the Delhi Police special cell has booked all accused under the provisions of the MCOCA,and for the offences of criminal conspiracy,cheating and impersonation under the IPC.

The police have,however,dropped the charges of breach of trust under section 409 IPC,which had been included in the FIR filed in the case. A sessions court in June had dismissed the MCOCA charges and granted bail to Sreesanth,Chavan and 16 others.

The chargesheet filed on Tuesday,however,claims that there was “enough evidence” to link all accused in the Dawood Ibrahim led organised crime syndicate.

The police have also filed an application for the cancellation of bail that was granted to 21 of the accused including Sreesanth,Chavan,alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan and Sreesanth’s “friend” Abhishek Shukla by the sessions court in June,since they have been chargesheeted under the stringent MCOCA provisions.

Dawood Ibrahim,Shakeel,Javed Chutani and seven others have been listed as “absconding accused” in the chargesheet. The police have also said that “efforts have been made” to arrest five of the absconding accused believed to be members of the crime syndicate,who are residents of India.

The police has also claimed to have initiated the process of issuing letters of request to trace Pakistani nationals Javed Chutani alias Doctor,Salman alias Master and Ehteshyam,who are believed to be residing somewhere in Pakistan or Dubai.

“It is on record that this syndicate has been over the years actively operating from the safe havens,with singular objective of de-stabilising Indian security,sovereignty and economic stability,” says the chargesheet,which has been submitted before the court of the link judge.

The court is now expected to take cognizance of the charge sheet on Wednesday.

Copies of the chargesheet were given to the eight accused who are still in judicial custody.

The police have alleged that the terms of the bets,performance of the fixed players and other aspects were fixed on the orders of Dawood Ibrahim and his associates,and the ultimate betting “does not reflect the actual betting market sentiments observed and followed world over” by the gamblers using the online betting sites which may be legal in various countries.

The chargesheet cites 168 witnesses,including Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghuram Iyer,Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid,BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel,IPL COO Sanjay Jagdale and others. The chargesheet,which has 572 operative pages,also includes the statement of a “secret public witness” who has allegedly identified the voice of Dawood Ibrahim. The statement of this particular witness has been placed in sealed cover.

The police have included 295 documents,including the confessional statements given by various accused bookies,alleged “mega bookie Ramesh Vyas,Sunil Bhatia,Delhi based bookie Ashwani Aggarwal and others.

Tapped conversations

Transcripts of the tapped phone conversations between various accused have also been annexed to the chargesheet. The chargesheet itself discusses conversations between some of the accused,and includes the transcripts of conversations between phone numbers in Pakistan and Dubai made through Indian international long distance gateways. The police have said that the Pakistan based numbers,were “used jointly by Dawood Ibrahim and his lieutenant Chota Shakeel” while one of the Dubai numbers belongs to their associate and Dubai-based hawala operator Javed Chutani.”

The chargesheet said that through the interception of the various phone calls of the accused,“it has been established that cricketer Ajit Chandila was also in touch with many other fixers/bookies and was receiving handsome money in lieu of himself under-performing or making other players under-perform,as per the bidding of bookies,an activity,which could be termed as spot/session fixing.”

The documents annexed to the chargesheet include CFSL reports relating to matching of the voice samples of the accused with the records of the tapped phone conversations and cellphone data records. The police have also said that Open non bailable warrants,and Red-corner notices would have to be issued to trace and arrest Dawood Ibrahim,Chota Shakeel,and their associates.

The fine print

Total 39 accused have been named in the case,including Dawood Ibrahim,Chota Shakeel and cricketers S Sreesanth,Ankeet Chavan,Ajit Chandila.

all accused booked under the provisions of the MCOCA,and for the offences of criminal conspiracy,cheating and impersonation under the IPC.

Dawood Ibrahim,Shakeel,Javed Chutani and seven others have been listed as “absconding accused”.

chargesheet cites 168 witnesses,including Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghuram Iyer,Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid,BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel,IPL COO Sanjay Jagdale and others.

annexed documents include CFSL reports relating to matching of the voice samples of the accused with the records of the tapped phone conversations and cellphone data records.

Transcripts of the tapped phone conversations also annexed.

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