Delhi Police has recorded the statement of Rahul Dravid in connection with the 2013 IPL spot fixing case. A team of officers recorded the statement of Dravid,Rajasthan Royals captain,at his residence in Bangalore last week.
In his statement recorded under CrPC 161,Dravid has said that the team was selected by the captain and the coach depending on the pitch conditions and the opposition. Dravid is believed to have said that had he known about his players involvement with bookies,he would never have selected them.
The special cell of Delhi Police is now trying to get a statement of coach Paddy Upton,who is currently in South Africa. Former Indian pacer,S Sreesanth,an accused in the case had misbehaved with his coach,leading to his suspension after the May 9 match.Dravid has said that he felt cheated. He did not have any suspicions and selected players on a match-to-match basis, a police officer said.
the Dawood tapes
Meanwhile,the prosecution on Tuesday produced excerpts from alleged conversations between underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his associates Javed Chutani,Salman and Indian bookies Ashwani Aggarwal,Firoz Ansari and Ramesh Vyas at a Delhi court. The tapes were produced during the bail hearing of Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila and six others. In the tape a mans voice,whom the police claimed as Dawood,was heard discussing a deal worth Rs 80 lakh.
The conversations played in the court related to details of money flow through betting and spot fixing; enquires about Aggarwals arrest; and ways through which certain overs of the IPL match were fixed. Through the conversation prosecution lawyer,Rajiv Mohan,tried to highlight the connection between Chandila and the bookies with the organised crime syndicate run Dawood Ibrahim.
The defence lawyers however,rubbished the tapes produced before the judge. Rakesh Kumar,representing Chandila,argued that his client was not involved in any act of violence or intimidation. Kumar also argued that if the police version was correct then Chandila was only remotely linked to the crime syndicate. The stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) are not applicable in this case, he said.
The judicial custody of Chandila and six others has been extended till July 30.