IPL spot-fixing: This is fake news, says Ajit Chandila

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Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 13:42 [IST]
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Spot-fixing is fake news, says Chandila

Mumbai, Sep 12: Rajasthan Royals' cricketer Ajit Chandila, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing, on Thursday brushed aside all claims as "fake news".

Chandila, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi police in Mumbai during the sixth edition of IPL this year in May. The trio, part of Rajasthan franchise, was questioned by police in connection with spot-fixing. Sreesanth and Chavan were out on bail earlier and now Chandila too has been granted bail.

Chandila, when asked about the spot-fixing and signals he was supposed to have made to bookies, said he never did anything of that sort. He claimed he is clean.

"This is fake news. I was taking the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. You should look at my performance, not only of this year but also last year. Where is the corroboration of all their claims?," he said in an interview to "Mumbai Mirror".

The offspinner said it was a relief to come out on bail. "Coming out on bail is a relief. All due to the prayers of my family and friends, who have stood by me. My lawyer has worked hard and got me out of this mess," he said.

Chandila, who is under suspension by Rajasthan and also BCCI, said he had no role in the spot-fixing and called it a "bad phase".

"Nothing has happened actually. I'm going through a bad phase in my life and because of that I got embroiled in this case. It is an out-and-out false case and I've no role in this," he defended.

On the telephonic conversations which he allegedly had with bookies, he said: "That is totally wrong information fed to the media. Those are lies."

Rajasthan's left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh had said Chandila introduced him into the case. But Chandila denied that claim.

"I've not introduced anyone to any bookie. I can tell you the players have made their statements under duress. They were threatened to make such statements. Harmeet's statement of meeting some strangers for two minutes is not a proof of my involvement with the bookies. I was having a dinner with a teammate and it is being construed as a meeting with the bookies. All this is false and fake. The truth will soon come out," he explained.

"I will start my training and, god willing, will soon be seen in the ground. I'll be back," he added.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 12, 2013, 13:40 [IST]
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