Sreesanth Cleared of Spot Fixing in Delhi Court

SreesanthThe Test fast bowler, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, has been cleared of a spot fixing charge during the Indian Premier League 2013. He was cleared along with two other players in a New Delhi court.

Charges had been filed against Sreesanth, accusing him of conspiracy against other players, along with cheating, and suspected links to an organized crime ring. The other two accused were Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, also from the Rajasthan Royals cricket franchise.

The recent court hearing has made it clear that all the charges have now been dropped against Sreesanth and his two teammates. The court noted that the Delhi Police had not established the existence of Dawood Ibrahim’s crime syndicate that had allegedly led the spot fixing. The original arrests ultimately set in motion the events that led up to the Rajashtan Royals and Chennai Super Kings being suspended, along with the removal of N Srinivasan as the BCCI chairman.

After the court session, one of the defense lawyers stated: “The judge has passed the order and discharged the players. There is no case against the players now.”

The players were originally arrested along with a number of others, including bookies and other underworld individuals. The arrests took place in May 2013, however, the players were released on bail because the police lacked evidence to hold them.

Sreesanth has been accused of being involved in a spot fixing scheme in which it was alleged that he bowled badly in an IPL match to skew the results. Both Chayan and Chandila were accused of doing the same thing in two other matches in the IPL 2013.

After leaving the courthouse, Sreesanth told reporters at the NDTV network: “It’s a huge relief. I have nothing against anybody. God willing I will return to cricket.”

All three players are hoping to get back into the game.