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Ajit Chandila introduced me to bookies,says Harmeet

Harmeet had earlier met the Delhi police during their investigation into spot-fixing in the IPL

Rajasthan Royals left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh met the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani on Saturday. According to a source,Harmeet divulged details of how teammate Ajit Chandila introduced him to bookies in February. Harmeet had earlier met the Delhi police during their investigation into spot-fixing in the IPL,and the BCCI had issued the 20-year-old a show cause notice for failing to first inform their ACSU of the approach by bookies. Excerpts from Harmeet’s statement:

On meeting with bookies

Ajit Chandila took me to a hotel in Mumbai,where he introduced me to some of his friends,whom he referred as “bhai log”. They started saying,“let him play 2-3 matches and gain some confidence. He has done well in the U-19 World Cup.” When I heard this,I realised that they were up to something fishy. I straightaway told them that I didn’t want to get into these things. They continued talking,saying “Sreesanth and Ankeet to apne hai,woh to kar lenge (Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan are ours,they will do the task).

They were talking about getting a big player. They mentioned the name of (Shane) Watson. I started feeling very uneasy and left the room. I didn’t stay in the room for more than 3-4 minutes. I went downstairs and Chandila joined me after 15-20 minutes. I don’t know what they did in the room after I left. I asked Chandila “ye sab kya hai?” (What is all this?) He said “beta kuch nahi hai,tension mat le. Apne bhai log hai.” (It’s nothing. Don’t get tensed up. They are our brothers). I left with him,had food and left. I didn’t stick around for too long with him. All of this happened in February. I didn’t meet any of them after that and next met Chandila during the IPL. I never met those people ever again in my life. It was only that meeting in the room for those 3-4 minutes.

On police interrogation

They didn’t say a word to me. They just told me to help them out so that the guilty can be punished. They were god-like people. The ACP even called me and assured that nothing will happen to me. He told me that if a senior player cleverly calls me somewhere then it is not my fault. He understood my mental state when these three (Chandila,Sreesanth and Chavan) were arrested. As a 20-year-old kid,I was very scared. I didn’t even talk about it with my father.