New Delhi, Aug 5: Spinner Ajit Chandila, who is facing IPL spot-fixing charges, claimed innocence and said he is a "cricketer, not a terrorist" to be levelled Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) charges against him.
Chandila, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, all three from Rajasthan Royals franchise, were arrested by Delhi police during this year's IPL for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. Sreesanth and Chavan are out on bail while Chandila is still in jail.
Speaking for the first time since his arrest, Chandila told "Zee Media" that he is "clean."
"I dreamt of becoming a good cricketer, and to an extent I achieved that. But, a tragedy struck and my dreams were shattered. People have seen my performance in last two seasons of the IPL. I am clean and I trust the judiciary," Chandila was quoted as saying by "Zee News".
On MCOCA charges against him, he said: "My family and I are in a state of shock that such charges are being levelled against me, I am a cricketer not a terrorist."
"My family has suffered a lot, and my brother was hospitalised the day I was arrested. But I have the support of my family. And soon, people will know the truth. I am innocent. I will make a comeback soon," added Chandila.
"I have no clue about the spot fixing controversy. I have never been approached by anybody. I am absolutely unaware of this."
He defended his lavish lifestyle saying he had enough money from IPL to live like that.
"IPL offers so much money that there is no need to do any wrong thing to earn money. As far as my lifestyle is concerned, everybody wants to wear good clothes, shades, etc. There is nothing wrong in wearing expensive things. So, if I had been spending on myself, it is my personal choice and nobody should be concerned about that," he said.