Live: RR suspend contracts of all 3 accused players

Updated: May 20, 2013, 11:25 AM IST
Live: RR suspend contracts of all 3 accused players

New Delhi: 7:58 pm: Railways suspend former Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav. He was an operator in the signal and telecom division and he joined Railways via sports quota seven years ago.

6:27 pm: Rajasthan Royals suspend contracts of all three players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - accused in IPL spot-fixing case, pending inquiry.

6:13 pm: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) backs the need of a tougher legislation to control fixing, sources say. The BCCI will write to the government asking for a new law to help curb fixing, sources add.

6:09 pm: Police say the casting director is associated with a Hyderabad-based company called S36. He has claimed that Rajasthan Royals player S Sreesanth is also a partner of this company.

6:04 pm: The casting director did not meet Sreesanth and interacted with the cricketer through email and Facebook, sources say. His interaction with Sreesanth was revealed through data in Sreesanth's laptop.

5:56 pm: Mumbai Police questions Bollywood casting director, whose name surfaced in the on-going IPL 6 spot-fixing probe. He had allegedly introduced models to Sreesanth via email.

5:09 pm: Former Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav has been detained from Delhi and his interrogation is on. Yadav had introduced alleged fixer Sunil Bhatia (already arrested) to Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila.

3:00 pm: A lawyer has moved a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the semifinal and final IPL matches. The petition has also sought an SIT probe into spot-fixing.

2:26 pm: Sources say Rs 20 lakh have been recovered from Ajit Chandila's relative's house in Faridabad in a raid today.

2:01 pm: Sreesanth and other arrested cricketers along with the bookies have been taken out of the Special Cell. Sources say the cricketers have been taken to another location where they will be recording their voice samples for a forensic test. This is so they can later match the voices to the audio of the phone conversations that the investigators have.

Meanwhile, sources say Sports Minister Jitendra Singh is likely to meet Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday to discuss the new proposed law to curb betting in cricket and other sports.

12:01 pm: More shocking details are tumbling out in the spot-fixing scandal. Mumbai Police sources are now telling CNN-IBN that the examination of Sreesanth's laptop and notebook points to his e-mail interactions with a suspected Bollywood casting director, who sent him pictures of models. Sources say that some e-mails, possibly Sreesanth's conversations with Jiju and a bookie Jupiter, have been deleted and now the cyber cell will be asked to retrieve all the mails.

Police sources have also found a photograph of Sreesanth and the bookie Jupiter saved in the laptop. Police sources add that they have also retrieved a list of contact numbers saved in a folder in the laptop, and all were saved under code names.

11:13 am: The questioning of the arrested cricketers and bookies in the IPL spot-fixing scandal is continuing for the fourth day on Monday. Special Police Commissioner and Joint Police Commissioner are expected to confront the players with former Ranji Trophy player Manish Gundevar who was arrested on Sunday.

BCCI officials are expected to meet Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday over the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, according to sources. This comes as the role of other cricketers is also coming to light in the case.

On Sunday, former Ranji Trophy player Manish Gundevar was arrested and the Delhi Police is now on the lookout for a sixth cricketer - Ranji Trophy player Babu Rao Yadav. The police say he is a former railways player.

Meanwhile, the arrested Rajasthan Royals cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - are being interrogated for the fourth day on Monday along with the bookies. Their five-day custody ends on Tuesday.

Sreesanth's lawyer is likely to apply for bail on Monday. The police are also giving out more details on Ajit Chandila's role saying he was allegedly in touch with four sets of bookies.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Commissioner has admitted to lapses in the investigation. "We were in a hurry to arrest the accused in Mumbai and bring them to Delhi, so we were unable to do a lot of the work that we were supposed to," Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar said.

Details also emerged on how S Sreesanth was arrested. Sreesanth's car was intercepted by the officers of the special cell at Carter Road in Mumbai. He was physically moved to the police vehicle, but the cricketer apparently threw his phone at police and threatened to call top politicians. But when he met other bookies and Jiju, he lost all his confidence.

Sources have also indicated that the bookies used the underworld to threaten the players to fall in line. In fact they used the name of the top men of the D company to threaten Chandila when he failed to do as promised. The involvement of the underworld, bookies and more and more players clearly points toward a much more murky plot than what it was early thought to be.

First Published: May 20, 2013, 11:25 AM IST

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