New Delhi: Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals' left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh was on Saturday suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, pending an inquiry into the IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal, after Delhi Police revealed that he was also approached by the bookies during IPL 6. The player was then quizzed by the BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) head Ravi Sawani at the BCCI headquarters.
This matter came to light after the Delhi Police arrested two bookies a few days ago and then Harmeet admitted of being approached by bookies. He was subsequently questioned for close to one and half hours by Sawani on Saturday afternoon regarding his meetings with bookies.
The reason for Harmeet's suspension is that like Siddharth Trivedi, he too didn't inform the board about the matter. The 20-year-old spinner was approached by his Rajasthan team-mate Ajit Chandila, who fixed a meeting with the bookies in a Mumbai hotel. The bookies urged him to indulge in spot-fixing but Harmeet turned down their offer.
Sawani, who has been appointed by the BCCI as commissioner of inquiry to probe spot-fixing allegations involving Rajasthan Royals players, will submit his findings to the disciplinary committee which will send its recommendations to the working committee that will announce the final verdict. However, the ACSU is waiting to question Chandila, who is still in jail.
"The process is over, but Ajit Chandila is still inside the jail, so the ACSU is waiting for him to be released on bail before questioning him," a top BCCI official told PTI.
Harmeet was part of India's victorious under-19 World Cup squad in Australia in 2012 and was signed by the Rajasthan Royals franchise prior to IPL 6.
(With PTI inputs)