In July, the trial court had ordered that all those that had been accused in the spot fixing case from the 2013 Indian Premier League, would have the charges dropped. This meant that all 36 of those who had been accused had the cases against them dropped, including S Sreesanth, a former fast bowler for the India team.
Sreesanth played for the Rajasthan Royals, along with two other teammates that had been accused of spot fixing. The other two members of the team are Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. The three players had received lifetime bans from the Board of Control of Cricket in India. This ban has not been lifted, even though the court has let them off.
The trial court had noted: “The offence in relation to which MCOCA is sought to be invoked, pertains to betting and match-fixing, which does not fit in any penal statute. All the necessary ingredients to establish a prima facie case under the provisions of MCOCA is not made out.”
While the trial court stated that there was no evidence, the police disagreed. The police had also included various charges under MCOCA, such as illegal betting, cheating, and match-fixing.
The police special cell filed its appeal with the Delhi High Court, noting that the trial court had not properly appreciated the evidence that it was given. The special cell disagreed with the trial court’s decision to discharge those accused in the 2013 IPL spot fixing case, saying that the charges should not have been dropped until a proper trial, taking into account all the evidence, had taken place.