Charges against Sreesanth, Chandila, Ankeet dropped

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

All the 36 accused persons including former India capped cricketer S Sreesanth were on Saturday discharged in the IPL-6 spot fixing case by Patiala house court.

Among others, two prominent IPL players — Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — who were on bail were also discharged in the case.

“All are discharged (from the case),” Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said while pronouncing the order.

The case was today put for order on framing of charges against the 36 accused persons who were on bail.

Sreesanth, 32, broke down on hearing the order while the other accused including the players present in the courtroom started hugging each other.

Talking to PTI, Sreesanth said at last justice has been done to him, adding, “God willing, I will be able to return to cricket. I have no regrets, no complaints.”

The court had on May 23 reserved for today the order on framing of charges in the case.

Special Cell of Delhi Police had named 42 accused in the case in its charge sheet out of whom six are absconding.

The police had filed a 6,000-page charge sheet against various accused in the case. It had also filed supplementary charge sheet later on.

The court had granted bail to Sreesanth, Chavan and other accused for lack of evidence against them under the provisions of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Other accused, including Chandila, were also granted bail later on by the court.

Relieved at IPL verdict, cricketers now look for comeback

Former India pacer S Sreesanth and two other cricketers, who were discharged of spot-fixing charges by a Delhi Court today, found it tough to control their emotions and said they were desperate to make a comeback after two years of ignominy.

Sreesanth, Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan and Rajasthan off-spinner Ajit Chandila were literally in tears when the Patiala House Court dropped all charges of spot fixing against them pertaining to the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

“I am feeling very happy at the moment and hope that I start training soon. I hope to get permission from the BCCI to start using the training facilities soon, so that I can get fit and get into the selection process. God has been extremely kind,” a visibly drained Sreesanth told reporters outside the court.

Similar were the emotions expressed by Chavan and Chandila, both of them said that they cannot wait to return to the field.

(With inputs from the PTI)