New Delhi, May 16: Three Rajasthan Royals players, including India's fast bowler Sreesanth, have been arrested in Mumbai by the Delhi Police in connection with spot-fixing, sources said Thursday.
While Rajasthan Royals didn't name the players, Delhi Police sources confirmed that Sreesanth was one of the three. TV reports said Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were the other two players held. All three cricketers will be produced in court later this afternoon in Delhi, according to reports.
Sreesanth was bought by RR for $400,000 in the 2012 IPL auction. Chavan and Chandila were not part of auction and signed as domestic players by the franchise.
It is sad to note that all these 3 players are playing under cricket legend Rahul Dravid's captaincy. It would be shocking for the former India captain to hear all this.
A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his team-mates - Chandila and Chavan - in Mumbai last night after their team's IPL match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.
While Sreesanth was picked up from his friend's residence, Chavana and Chandila picked from the team hotel at Nariman Point.
The cricketers and bookies have been charged under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and are being flown in to Delhi for further questioning.
The players are likely to be suspended from the IPL and an official the BCCI will make a formal announcement soon.
The matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI headed by Arun Jaitley.
Asked whether any more players are involved in spot fixing, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told PTI through a text message, "not that we know of."
Investigators said besides telephone records, they also have evidences of messages passed through BBM and Whatsapp.
The Delhi police source said that these players were under the scanner for their role in spot fixing in some of the earlier IPL match although they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.
The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.
"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything," said Rajasthan Royals in a statement.
"We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game," the statement added.