New Delhi: Even as the arrested cricketers and bookies are being interrogated in the IPL spot-fixing scandal for the fourth day on Monday, CNN-IBN has learned that Rajasthan Royals player S Sreesanth's lawyer could be applying for bail. The five-day police custody of the three cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - and the bookies ends on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the probe continues to snare more and more bookies and cricketers. The police are on the lookout for a sixth cricketer, Ranji Trophy player Babu Rao Yadav. On Sunday, former Ranji Trophy player Manish Gundevar was arrested.
The police claim the second suspect in the case, cricketer Ajit Chandila, was in touch with 4 sets of bookies. Meanwhile, Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar has admitted some lapses in the investigation. "We were in a hurry to arrest the accused in Mumbai and bring them to Delhi, so we were unable to do a lot of the work that we were supposed to," Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar said.
Earlier, details also emerged on how S Sreesanth was arrested. Sreesanth's car was intercepted by the officers of the special cell at Carter Road in Mumbai. He was physically moved to the police vehicle, but the cricketer apparently threw his phone at police and threatened to call top politicians. But when he met other bookies and Jiju, he lost all his confidence.
Sources have also indicated that the bookies used the underworld to threaten the players to fall in line. In fact they used the name of the top men of the D company to threaten Chandila when he failed to do as promised. The involvement of the underworld, bookies and more and more players clearly points toward a much more murky plot than what it was early thought to be.
Meanwhile, following the BCCI working council meeting on Sunday, the Rajasthan Royals issued the statement, "We, along with the BCCI and other IPL franchises, take a zero tolerance approach to spot or game fixing. The impact on the game, our team, and our franchise has been devastating. It is critical that this evil is rooted out of the game, and as such we will be filing FIRs with the Delhi police, based on the information provided. This will ensure that justice is pursued to its most complete end, and that the police are able to appropriately conduct their investigation. The reputational impact on the franchise, our players, our stakeholders, and the game has been immense. The actions must be punished.