New Delhi: A court in New Delhi on Saturday dropped charges against cricketer S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan, and 33 others accused in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case.
IPL spot-fixing: Court drops charges against S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan
Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna discharged cricketers Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan, and 33 others.
Delhi Police chargesheeted them for cheating and conspiracy under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
The court announced its order in a jam packed room -- full of lawyers, journalists and other people.
Soon after the court ordered that all accused were discharged, Sreesanth broke down.
Welcoming the verdict, Sreesanth told reporters that he had faith in the judiciary and believed that he will be released in the case.
Cricketer S Sreesanth talks on phone outside the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi after a trial court discharged him in the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing scandal on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Delhi Police filed a chargesheet on July 30, 2013, alleging that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel were behind the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The formal set of charges, running into 6,000 pages, named Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, among other accused, in the scandal related to the IPL-6 held in 2013.
Dawood and Shakeel are on the run and have been declared proclaimed offenders in the case after police completed proceedings of their property attachment.
Following is the chronology of events in IPL 6 spot-fixing and betting scandal in which a Delhi court today discharged all the accused in the case:
* May 16: Rajasthan Royals players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- arrested by Delhi Police.
* May 28: IPL Governing Council sets up Inquiry Committee to probe the case.
* Jun 2: BCCI President N Srinivasan relinquishes BCCI duties temporarily.
* Jun 11: Sreesanth and Chavan granted bail.
* Jul 30: Delhi police files chargesheet, naming Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel as persons who have been controlling the fixing and betting market in cricket in India
* Sep 9: Ajit Chandila granted bail by a Delhi court. Others also granted bail over a passage of time.
* Nov 18: Delhi police files supplementary charge sheet in the case.
* May 31: Court orders property attachment of Dawood and others.
* Sep 30: Court declares Dawood, Chhota Shakeel and one other as proclaimed offenders.
* May 23: Court reserves order on framing of charges in the case.
* Jul 25: All 36 accused discharged in the case.
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