New Delhi, June 1: Rajasthan Royals medium pacer Siddharth Trivedi recorded his statement at Saket court in New Delhi.
In IPL, he seems to have learnt smartness from Shane Warne and honesty from Rahul Dravid. Both these attributes were evident in making his statement before the magistrate as prosecution witness. Trivedi, who became a proud father to a baby boy last month, has set an example for his son.
"His voluntary deposition and recording of statement under section 164 of CrPc will be admissible as evidence. The statement disclosing the links of players and bookies will strengthen hard evidence collected by investigators against players," police sources said.
He was apparently approached all four years from 2010 and 2013 by bookies Dipak and Sunil Bhatia. He is believed to have given some more names to the police, accepted gifts from bookies but claimed he took no money. The bookies had approached Brad Hodge, Kevon Cooper and Trivedi.
Under Section 164 of CrPC judicial magistrate or metropolitan magistrate can record a statement or confession by the witness or accused in the course of investigation. This recorded confession can be transferred to the magistrate by whom the case is to be inquired into or tried.
The statement under oath is signed by the witness to make sure it will not be disowned later and witness will extend support to the case of prosecution.
Trivedi is reported to have given a detailed account on Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan - three RR players and four sets of bookies arrested by police for allegedly fixing spots in IPL matches.
He used to play for Air India with Chandila and plays for Saurashtra in Ranji tournament.
Trivedi attracted attention with his nine wickets in seven matches in the U-19 World Cup in early 2002 played in New Zealand. Those years he was with the Gujarat team. He had talent but not much of luck.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India had sent him to train for five weeks at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy in Australia, under the Border-Gavaskar scholarship programme.
However, he could not make to the Indian team and lost out to Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. After struggling to make it to the Indian team, Trivedi finally found his place in Rajasthan Royals.