New Delhi, July 17 (): Delhi Police has roped in Rahul Dravid, captain of Rajasthan Royals (RR) team, as a prosecution witness in the case, in an effort to make a strong case in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The captain of RR and former Indian captain mentioned that he felt cheated by the conduct of his own team-mates pacer S. Sreesanth and two of his other team-mates — Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, when he first heard about the news of the IPL spot-fixing scandal that broke out in May. His statement to a team of special cell of Delhi Police was recorded last Wednesday at his Bangalore residence under section 161 of the CrPC.
Considering the star status of Dravid and his respectable standing, Delhi Police did not summon him to their Delhi office like Raj Kundra, police said.
Dravid was asked if he had any suspicion whether the three players were under-performing and if there was any pressure to select them in the final eleven. Dravid answered that he never had any doubt about those players. He used to select players on a match-to-match basis.
The Delhi police claimed that the tapes, played out as evidence mainly against Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, featured calls between Dawood Ibrahim and Javed Chotani – allegedly the key link between Dawood and Indian bookies.
29-year-old off-spinner Ajit Chandila was one of the three Royals players arrested for spot-fixing on May 16 and charged under a stringent law – the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
While Chandila remains in custody, the other two players, Ankit Chavan and S Sreesanth, were granted bail along with 18 bookies, due to lack of evidence under MCOCA. Sreesanth and Chandila stayed in jail for about 27 days before being released on bail.
The officer said that no fingers have been raised against Dravid in this case. They had recorded his statement in order to make a strong charge sheet.