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Delhi Police present damning evidence against Spot Fixing accused in Press Conference

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The Delhi Police held a rather dramatic and audacious press-conference in New Delhi where they revealed in the exact details and showed the actual footage of the matches which involved the various episodes of spot-fixing on a projector screen. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar addressed a gathering of journalists from 3pm IST after BBCI president N Srinivasan's web conference earlier in the afternoon.

Neeraj Kumar clearly revealed the names of the three players that were floating around after the initial allegations, namely S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan. These players were guilty of taking instructions from different bookies to deliberately perform in a certain manner at a certain time, thus proving them of having spot fixed. The Delhi police also read out some excerpts of the phone conversations between the bookies and players, and were confident of the evidence available to them to charge the players.

The Delhi police also confirmed that no other player, Indian or foreigner was involved in this episode and that any further arrests would only be of more bookies. They also pointed out that the bookies worked independently in each of the three cases, and that one of the bookies, Jiju Janardhan, was a club-level cricketer for Kerala. The three cricketers however, knew of each other's involvement in these episodes.

The police decided to make their move last night after the most recent case of spot fixing in the game between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals on 15 May, where Ankeet Chavan was guilty of spot-fixing, and arrested all three players at different locations in Mumbai. Sreesanth was picked up from Carter Road in Mumbai, Ajit Chandila outside Intercontinental Hotel in Mumbai and Ankeet Chavan from the Trident in Mumbai. One bookie was also picked up from Room No. 336 in Intercontinental.

Earlier in the afternoon, BCCI chief N Srinivasan also said categorically that individual players cannot tarnish the image of cricket. "There are some bad eggs. Most of our players play very honestly, some acts cannot tarnish cricket," he was quoted saying. He also promised fans that the schedule of the IPL would not be affected and the remaining games would go on inspite of recent developments.

 

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