NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE: A Delhi court on Monday sent suspended Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, arrested in connection with the IPL spot fixing scam, to three-day police custody for interrogation.
Sending Chandila to police custody, Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain also posted for 22 June the bail pleas of the cricketer and five other accused. “The matter is being investigated under the provision of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The prosecution is to be given full chance to unearth the entire crime. The accused is remanded in three days of police custody,’ said the judge.
Police sought fresh custody of Chandila saying he was required to corroborate evidence collected from the other accused after invoking the stringent MCOCA law. The court also directed the Delhi Police’s Special Cell to present Chandila before it on 20 June. The court also deferred the bail pleas of six accused including Chandila after police said that some vital statements of the bookies arrested in the case have to be placed on record.
Public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told the court that the statement of arrested bookie Sunil Bhatia is being recorded, while that of Ramesh Vyas, another bookie, has already been recorded.
Besides Chandila, the other accused who moved bail pleas are Vyas, Bhatia, Ashwani Aggarwal, Deepak Kumar, and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.
The prosecutor had sought fresh five days police remand of Chandila saying that initially he was arrested on 16 May and remained in police custody till 28 May after which he was remanded to judicial custody.
MCOCA has been invoked against Chandila on 3 June, therefore his custody is required to corroborate the evidence collected after invocation of the stringent penal law, the prosecutor said during the hearing.
Mohan added: “For the purpose of investigating under MCOCA, accused Ajeet Chandila is required. He is found to be one of the main conspirators and his presence is required to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy of the organised crime being operated by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.” ians