Cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were banned for life from all forms of cricket in the 2013 spot-fixing case by a court in Delhi. They Were discharged on saturday because the police has failed to make a case against them.
“All are discharged,” Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said while pronouncing the order clearing in all, 36 persons accused of cheating, cheating by personation and conspiracy along with charges under the tough Maharahstra law MCOCA.
“God willing, I will be able to return to cricket. I have no regrets, no complaints,” says Sreesanth.
But the court, which was to decide whether to frame charges in the case, however, said the police was also unable to substantiate charges under MCOCA and also under the Indian Penal Code. Six accused including Ibrahim and Shakeel were declared proclaimed offenders.
Sreesanth, broke down on hearing the order while the other accused including the players present in the courtroom started hugging each other.
Court had granted bail to Sreesanth and others, it was held that there was lack of evidence against them under the provisions of MCOCA.
The court indicted the Delhi Police for slapping the stringent provisions of MCOCA on Sreesanth, Chavan and others.
“There is no reason for believing that the accused are guilty under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) at this stage,” Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna said.
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