BCCI chief N Srinivasan says police must prove spot-fixing allegations

In our country,law says you are innocent until proven guilty: Srinivasan

Written by Nihal Koshie | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 3:57 am

Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan Friday said that there were two sides to the story and it was up to the Delhi Police to prove that the three Rajasthan Royals bowlers it had arrested — S Sreesanth,Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — were indeed guilty of spot-fixing as accused.

“In our country,law says you are innocent until proven guilty. Police have arrested them on suspicion. Now it’s up to them to prove the allegations. Sreesanth’s lawyer is saying that the player is innocent. Chandila’s lawyer is saying that his client has been framed. So,there are two sides of the story. We have to wait. If they are guilty,the BCCI will take strictest action,” Srinivasan told The Indian Express.

The BCCI president’s comments came as the lawyers of the three players claimed that the Delhi Police investigators did not have sufficient evidence to nail them.

Sreesanth’s lawyer Deepak Prakash said that the 30-year-old medium pacer was “innocent”.

“Going by the evidence presented by the Delhi Police there is nothing to connect Sreesanth to his alleged role in spot-fixing. The Delhi Police claim that they have been tracking his phone calls for the past two months but there is no proof that Sreesanth spoke to bookies about spot-fixing. My client Sreesanth is completely innocent and he has told me the same. He received no money from bookies and was never in touch with any of the bookies. There is no question of confessing when he is innocent in the first place,” Prakash told The Indian Express.

The lawyer also said that the Delhi Police’s inference based on video and audio evidence that Sreesanth tucked in a towel as a ‘signal’ to the bookies that he would concede 14 or more runs in his second over of the innings in a match against Kings XI Punjab would not hold good in court.

“Sreesanth is a cricketer who uses the towel a lot during games because he sweats a lot or because in certain matches there is a lot of dew. There are so many other games prior to this particular game where Sreesanth has tucked the towel into his pants while bowling,” Prakash said referring to the May 9 match.

Lawyer Rajiv Shankar Dwivedi,who is representing Chandila and Chavan,also claimed that his clients were innocent. “All illegal and wrongful procedures were adopted by the police to trap them. The police have no evidence against them. They have been wrongly trapped,” Dwivedi told reporters.

Although excerpts from taped conversations the Delhi Police released to the media Thursday alleged that Chandila had told bookie Amit Singh that he would pull both his t-shirts up and down and would look up before starting the over,he did no such thing before bowling the third over against the Pune Warriors on May 5 in Jaipur,the lawyer said.

Also,the police did not present any taped conversations between Chavan and the bookies,he said.

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