After the IPL spot fixing scandal, prosecutors have finally charged 39 people for their parts in the alleged spot fixing that took place during the sixth Indian Premier League. Amongst those who have been charged is Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.
After investigations have taken place, those who were involved in the scandal, including those with links to organized crime, and also those who were allegedly involved directly or indirectly with cheating in the IPL 6. While there had not been sufficient evidence before, the Delhi police say that they now have enough evidence to link those involved with an organised crime syndicate.
Rajesh Mohan, the special public prosecutor said that the 39 individuals had been charged formally over the alleged spot fixing offences under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Mohan said: “The players and others have also been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, and dishonesty.”
Sreesanth has made headlines because out of the three cricket players that were arrested from the Rajasthan Royals cricket team he is the most accomplished and well known, having played in 27 Test matches for India. The other two players from the Rajasthan Royals that have been accused of spot fixing are Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila. There were also many bookmakers that were arrested in connection with the IPL 6 spot fixing allegations.
According to the Delhi police, the cricketers that allegedly participated in the spot fixing during the Twenty20 cricket tournament, had “knowingly abetted the operation of this international organised crime syndicate.” The crime syndicate that has been referred to is one that has been connected to certain underworld figures. According to the Delhi police, the betting syndicate was is under the control of Dawood Ibrahim, with help from his aide, Chota Shakeel.
Dawood Ibrahim has been accused by the Indian government of far greater crimes than spot fixing. It is believed that he was involved in the Mumbai bombing that took place in 1993.