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    IPL spot-fixing: MCOCA invoked in case involving Sreesanth, 2 others

    New Delhi: There's trouble for the arrested cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the IPL spot-fixing case. Prosecution has invoked the harsh Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against them.

    MCOCA is one of the most stringent laws. It provides for any confession made in front of the DCP in Delhi or the SP in any other state to be accepted as evidence.

    The MCOCA charge is non-bailable. The police can get custody of the accused of up to 30 days under this charge.

    The hearing of the case against them will now move to a special MCOCA court. This came after the police told the court that the bookie link was being operated with underworld links. Sources say the police have evidence of links with Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim.

    The move came after a Delhi court rejected Delhi Police's plea for extension of their custody till June 5. Bookies Ashwani Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel had also been remanded to judicial custody.

    The court did not agree to extend Ankeet Chavan's bail. Ankeet Chavan is on bail till June 6 for his wedding.

    Meanwhile, in Mumbai where the police is probing the IPL betting case, BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh were on Tuesday granted bail by a Mumbai court. All others arrested by the Mumbai Police in the betting scandal including bookies Ramesh Vyas, Alpesh Patel and Prem Tarneja have also been granted bail.

    The court has granted them conditional bail on sureties of Rs 25,000 each. All the accused have been told not to leave the country and to appear before the Mumbai Crime Branch every alternate day.

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