New Delhi: IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals has filed an FIR against its three arrested players for violating their contract. S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested on Thursday for allegedly spot-fixing during matches in the on-going season. The IPL franchise has also suspended their contracts pending inquiry.
Here are the 10 latest developments in the spot-fixing case:
- Rs. 20 lakh were reportedly recovered by the Delhi Police today in a raid at the residence of a relative of Chandila. Sources claimed that Chandila during his interrogation had told the cops that a part of the cash he received for spot-fixing was stashed in his kit back at a relative's house. (Read: Rs. 20 lakh found in Ajit Chandila's kit bag during raid at relative's house: sources)
- The Delhi Police today also collected voice samples of the three suspended Rajasthan Royals players. Cops will now match the samples with the recorded conversations. They say they have enough evidence to make a strong case against the three arrested players.
- The three tainted cricketers were interrogated for the fifth straight day today by the Delhi Police. Yesterday, they were questioned together for the first time and while, all three confessed to their crime, they blamed each other for dragging them into spot-fixing, according to sources.
- The Delhi Police today also detained former Ranji player Baburao Yadav. He had allegedly introduced Sunil Bhatia, said to be a bookie to Chandila. Yadav's family says though he knew Sreesanth, they claim he is innocent.
- The custody of the arrested players and bookies will end tomorrow. Sources say the Delhi Police will seek further custody.
- The Mumbai Police, which is also probing the case, today questioned a Bollywood casting director for their links to spot-fixing. He had allegedly sent Sreesanth pictures and numbers of 13 models and small time actresses. The pacer was allegedly in touch with all these women, the police claim. (Read: Casting director who sent pictures of models to Sreesanth questioned)
- The Mumbai Police also questioned a woman model who, along with another model, was with Sreesanth in a car on the night the cricketer was arrested. The two women had allegedly doubled up as escorts.
- Along with the Delhi and Mumbai Police, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will also probe the spot-fixing case to find out if there was any money laundering involved.
- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is conducting an internal inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal, will send an anti-corruption official with the team during the Champions Trophy to be held in England next month. (Read: BCCI to send anti-corruption official with team for Champions Trophy)
- More than 20 people have been arrested from different cities in the massive scandal.