BCCIs three-member disciplinary committee on Friday handed life bans to Rajasthan Royals players Santhakumaran Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan for their role in the IPL-6 spot-fixing scandal.
Others who figured in the Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawanis extensive probe report,published by The Indian Express on eve of the meeting and used as reference by the committee,got lighter sentences. Also read: Pity that Ankeet Chavan has been found guilty: MCA joint secretary
Siddharth Trivedi,who was named in the Rajasthan Royals team for the Champions League,got banned for a year. Former Royals player Amit Singh,described as a bookie/fixer by Sawani,has been asked to keep away from all cricket activities for the next five years. Twenty-one-year-old Harmeet Singh,part of the Under-19 World Cup winning squad,was let off with a warning because of lack of evidence. Also read: Didnt know they were bookies,says Harmeet Singh
Meanwhile,the decision on the sixth accused,Ajit Chandila,was put on hold as the Royals spinner couldnt be questioned by Sawani. Unlike Sreesanth and Chavan,Chandila spent an extended time in jail as he was refused bail. Now out,Chandila can be summoned by Sawani in the coming days. Chandila was in jail and couldnt be spoken to. Our anti-corruption commissioner (Sawani) will look into his case, Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said. Also read: BCCI slaps life ban on Sreesanth,Chavan; Harmeet Singh ‘excused’
Sreesanth to move court
It is learnt that Sreesanth is likely to challenge the life ban in court.
The IPL spot-fixing case is still in the courts and in such a scenario the BCCIs disciplinary panel should have waited for the final verdict before issuing any kind of sanction. The Ravi Sawani report is largely based on the version of the Delhi police,which has been questioned by the courts. Sreesanth will challenge the life ban, a source close to Sreesanth said.
The boards secretary Sanjay Patel said that the disciplinary Committee comprising N Srinivasan,Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah heard each player before passing their verdict.
After appearing before the BCCIs disciplinary panel hearing on Friday,Sreesanth said: A lot has been said and done in my name but all I want is to start playing for India again. Everyone appeared before the committee and I was the last to appear. I have faith in the judiciary and in the BCCI and I am confident that I will come out clean. I am hoping for the best. All I can say that I have never cheated and I hope the BCCI gives me an opportunity to play again. I believe that the BCCI will support me as even the courts have declared that there is no evidence against me. They (disciplinary panel) have not told me when they will take a decision.
The former Test cricketer was accompanied by a friend while Ankeets father Anil travelled with his son to Delhi. The probe by the BCCIs anti-corruption chief Sawani had concluded during his investigations into the spot-fixing scandal that Chandila,Chavan,Sreesanth and Amit Singh were guilty on multiple counts.
Srinivasan chairs BCCIs disciplinary meet
press trust of india
new delhi,september 13
BCCIs president-in-exile N Srinivasan chaired the disciplinary committee meeting that imposed life bans on tainted cricketers S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan for their role in spot-fixing scandal during IPL-6.
While there were questions raised by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma,who was present at the five-star hotel where the meeting was held,a senior BCCI official explained as to how no one can raise a question about the Tamil Nadu strongman attending the meeting.
Mr Srinivasan has recused himself from the day-to-day activities of the Board. But a meeting of the disciplinary committee which will announce the verdict of players accused of spot-fixing is not something that happens everyday. So Mr Srinivasan cant be accused of contempt of court for presiding over the meeting, a senior BCCI official said.
Fact is that Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya doesnt have any authority whatsoever to sign any papers is another reason. A disciplinary committee cannot announce the verdict in the presidents absence and Mr Srinivasans presence was needed.
CAB secretary Verma realised that his threats had no effect on Srinivasan and midway through the meeting,he beat a hasty retreat.