Bail pleas of Meiyappan, Vindoo, Sreesanth, Chandila to come up today

Updated: June 4, 2013, 7:46 AM IST
Bail pleas of Meiyappan, Vindoo, Sreesanth, Chandila to come up today

New Delhi: The bail pleas of suspended cricketer S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and 12 other accused in the IPL spot-fixing case will come up in Delhi's Saket court on Tuesday. This after the court extended Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila's judicial remand by a day on Monday.

The Delhi Police had initially asked for an extension of up to June 5, which was dismissed by the court. Bookies Ashwani Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel were also remanded to judicial custody.

Earlier, the bail plea of suspended Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan was dismissed. Ankeet Chavan, who got married on June 2, will have to surrender to Delhi Police on June 6.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh's bail pleas will also come up for hearing on Tuesday. On Monday, Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh were remanded to judicial custody till June 14.

Sources in the Mumbai Police have told CNN-IBN that Vindoo has admitted to being in touch with Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. Sources add that so far there is no evidence to prove that Vindoo got match-related information from the KKR CEO.

As the probe into the murky spot-fixing and betting scandal continues, a CNN-IBN survey says the controversy has raised many questions about the BCCI as well as the current state of Indian cricket. The poll, conducted among residents of six cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai - on May 31 was targeted at adults (18 years of age and beyond) in the form of a quantitative study, where eligible respondents were interviewed with the help of a close-ended questionnaire.

What is a significant worry is that 90 per cent of the public said that their faith in Indian cricket had been shaken following the spot-fixing and betting scandal, with the arrests of Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on allegations of spot-fixing during IPL 6 being the most shocking (38 per cent). Following the revelations and arrests and the subsequent storm that engulfed the BCCI president N Srinivasan, 56 per cent said they had lost faith in the BCCI; 47 per cent felt that the BCCI, through its brazen and arrogant conduct, had shown that it treats Indian cricket fans with contempt and disrespect.

Indian captain MS Dhoni, who chose not to comment on the IPL 6 controversy in two separate press conference in Mumbai and London, received strong criticism in the poll, with 53 per cent of those surveyed stating that he should have answered questions. Eighty-six per cent felt that retired cricket players of repute should speak out more on important issues and controversies threatening Indian cricket's credibility.

First Published: June 4, 2013, 7:46 AM IST

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