Sree’s Royals contract suspended

Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan also not spared; RR file complaint with Delhi police

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 21, 2013 1:21 am

Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan also not spared; RR file complaint with Delhi police

The three Rajasthan Royals players under investigation for spot-fixing had their contracts suspended by the team on Monday. An FIR was also filed by the Rajasthan Royals with the Delhi police.

The Indian cricket board had also suggested that the Rajasthan Royals — the IPL team with which S Sreesanth,Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila have contracts with — initiate criminal proceedings against the players.

“Based on the information provided by the authorities,the contracts of all three players have been suspended pending enquiry,” Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur said in a statement.

“We have already filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against all three players earlier today,” he added.

ACSU officers in place

Also the IPL on Monday stepped up security for the four teams participating in the play-offs with each of them being provided a security officer each from the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

“The security deployment for the team has been expanded,again in close consultation with the BCCI. The franchise is in daily contact with the police authorities in Delhi,Jaipur and Mumbai for providing any cooperation/information that they might require,” Barthakur added.

A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth,Chandila and Chavan in Mumbai last Thursday for alleged spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies,who have underworld connections abroad.

Rajasthan said the franchise has “initiated” additional internal measures.

“We have initiated additional internal measures,all developed with the full support of the players at their weekend re-group in Jaipur.”

Barthakur further added: “The franchise has been hit very hard across the board,and we have executed the strongest possible course of action in keeping with our zero-tolerance approach to these terrible actions. As stated earlier,we will protect the good,as well as seek punishment for the bad.”

The arrested players’ police custody ends today evening. BCCI’s ACSU chief Ravi Sawani,who is also heading the commission of inquiry into the allegations against the three players,met senior Delhi police officials on Monday. “I had a very useful meeting with the Delhi Commissioner of Police,” he said after the meeting. “The BCCI has assured him of cooperation in the case. I also told him of Rajasthan Royals’ intention to file an FIR in the case,” he added.

The BCCI was contemplating to send an anti-corruption officer with the Indian team when it travelled to the United Kingdom for the Champions Trophy next month. No BCCI official was willing to go on record,but it is learnt that ACSU official accompanying the team was a possibility.

Baburao suspended

The Railways on Monday suspended former Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav after his detention for involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. Baburao was working as operator in the Signal and Telecom division.

He was posted at Nagpur with the South Central Railways. Baburao had introduced alleged bookie Sunil Bhatia to Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila.

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