Nearly a week before he was arrested for alleged spot-fixing,Indian pacer S Sreesanth had been suspended by the Rajasthan Royals for getting into a fight with the team coach in an inebriated condition after the May 9 match at Mohali,police said on Thursday.
The Indian Express had reported the news of Sreesanths argument with his teammates and coach Paddy Upton in its May 17 edition.
According to police,Sreesanth had walked into the team hotel heavily drunk after the match against Kings XI Punjab the game in which he allegedly sent down a fixed over,conceding 13 runs and begun a heated and abusive argument with some teammates. When Upton intervened,he allegedly abused the coach as well.
Police sources said Sreesanths behaviour earned him a suspension from the team. A complaint was lodged with the team management,and he was told to leave the team hotel. When the team travelled to Mumbai for the May 15 match,Sreesanth separately checked into the Sofitel there.
Police on Thursday claimed to have gathered more evidence against all-rounder Ajit Chandila. Sources close to the investigation said he had spot-fixed several matches in the IPLs 2012 season along with bookie Sunil Bhatia,who is thought to have underworld connections.
Bhatia allegedly paid Rs 12 lakh in advance to Chandila who could not,however,deliver. When Bhatia asked him to return the money,Chandila allegedly issued him three cheques of Rs 4 lakh each. Two of these cheques,dated December 10 and February 10,bounced,while the third went through. Investigators were learnt to have recovered the two dud cheques from Bhatia,and were tracking the transaction that was completed.
Police have also issued a lookout circular against five bookies,two of whom belong to Jaipur. They have taken CCTV footage from hotels in Jaipur and Chandigarh,which apparently establishes the association of Sreesanth,Chandila and Ankeet Chavan with the bookies.
Police sources said the bookies stayed in the same hotels as the cricketers,and had round-the-clock access to them. Investigators are believed to have CCTV pictures showing the bookies entering the hotels with the players,besides phone intercepts that establish their association.
INCOME-TAX WADES IN
The Income-Tax department has written to the Delhi Police requesting information on the spot-fixing scandal. I-T director general Arun Kumar Singh wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on May 21: …As huge amount of unaccounted money is alleged to be involved in spot-fixing,and betting in IPL,it would be appropriate if suitable investigation is initiated in the matter from income-tax angle in addition to complement investigation from criminal angle which has already been taken up by the police.
NO RIFT WITH MUMBAI
Delhi Police also denied suggestions of tensions with the Mumbai Police. Police sources said one of their teams had gone to the Sofitel in Mumbai for CCTV footage,but had been told that it had already been handed over to the Mumbai cops.