New Delhi: The BCCI probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal is over after the Indian cricket board's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani finished questioning three of the four cricketers allegedly involved in the case. Sources have told CNN-IBN that Sawani questioned the Rajasthan Royals trio of Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Siddharth Trivedi who turned prosecution witness for the Delhi police. Former Rajasthan player Amit Singh was also grilled by Sawani.
Sources close to the development told CNN-IBN that Sawani will now place his detailed probe report before the BCCI working committee sometime in the first week of July. Rajasthan spinner Ajit Chandila, who was nabbed by the cops on the same day as Sreesanth and Chavan, has however not been questioned by Sawani since he remains in judicial custody until July 2.
Hearing on the bail pleas of Chandila and alleged bookies Ramesh Vyas and Deepak Kumar have been deferred by a Delhi court till July 1. The court is also expected to hear the bail applications of alleged bookies Ashwani Aggarwal, Sunil Bhatia, Firoz Farid Ansari and an ex-Ranji player, Baburao Yadav.
Interestingly, there is no clarity yet on whether any inputs were taken from the Mumbai and Delhi police by Sawani. This is of significant importance, since the the Delhi police is expected to file a chargesheet against Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila in due course of time. While Sawani is expected to present his investigation details to the BCCI, it will not have any recommendations on the course of action or punishments, if any, that the BCCI should take. The board's working committee is expected to refer it to the Disciplinary Committee that will take the final call.
Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested along with 11 bookies on May 16 and charged under IPC section 420 and 120B which deal with fraud, cheating and conspiracy. The Delhi police had slapped provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and more than 25 alleged bookies in the case, it was rejected by the Delhi Court citing lack of evidence.