New Delhi, May 22: Delhi police might be on cloud 9 with the success of their recent operation regarding IPL spot fixing scandal. However, the cops may lose the battle against tainted cricketers who, according to experts, may come out of jail with clean chits.
A report published in Firstpost says police would face difficulties to prove criminal liability in a court of law where the prosecution needs to convince a judge beyond a reasonable doubt.
A sports lawyer Desh Gaurav Sekhri was quoted as saying, "It is going to be very, very difficult." Expressing his opinion about the case, the lawyer also added, "It is pretty clear they (Rajasthan Royals) are the only ones who have a case against the players."
The lawyer was speaking about police difficulties as there was no complainant against the cricketers. Hence, the cops had asked Rajasthan Royals, owned by Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra, to file complaints against S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
The IPL franchise accused the tainted trio of violating agreements between cricketers and team management allegedly for agreeing to sppot fixing for money. However, the Royals can not hurl criminal charges against the trio.
Sreesan, Chandila, Chavan have been booked under sections 420 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code and charged with cheating. Citing the charges against them, the lawyer asked -- "who exactly have they cheated?"
As the accused cricketers were not involved in gambling, hence, they could not be booked under the Public Gambling Act either.
Delhi police sources earlier had claimed that all three players had confessed to their crime accepting their roles in alleged spot fixing scandal. However, the lawyer claims the confessions are not admissible as evidence in court since they were made without a judge or an attorney being present.
Meanwhile, Mumbai police informed that they have been considering charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act over alleged links to underworld. But the lawyer thinks this is a long shot.
"It will need to be proved that there was some threat to the nation or that fixing in the IPL is against the national interest," quoted Sekhri as saying.