New Delhi, June 4: In a latest development in IPL spot fixing investigation, Delhi Police on Tuesday, June 4 confirmed that D-company don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel have been named co-accused in the scandal.
Earlier Delhi Police had confirmed underworld link to the fixing scandal.During a court proceedings on May 28, police official disclosed that one of the arrested bookies was in constant touch with Dawood's close aides.
The bookie has been identified as Tiku Mandi who allegedly was in connection with a D-company pointsman. Earlier it was reported that hundred of calls were rooted to Pakistan and Dubai and many more matches of IPL 6 were under police scanner.
Earlier Oneindia reported how Dawood's brother Anees reportedly had marked Sreesanth as one of the vulnerable targets and asked other bookies to track the fast bowler in 2008.
The report said Anees felt that they could fix many more junior cricketers if they can lure senior players like Sreesanth. The report mentioned about Delhi police sources who informed about confessions of many arrested bookies in connection with IPL spot fixing scandal.
Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals (RR) teammate Ajit Chandila have been sent to judicial custody till June 18. Another tainted player -- Ankeet Chavan too would join them in Tihar Jail. Chavan was granted conditional bail for his wedding which was held on June 2.
A Delhi court on Tuesday rejected bail pleas of Sreesanth, Chandila and other bookies. Delhi Police slapped provisions under the stringent anti-organised crime act MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) against them.
Other bookies, who also were arrested over IPL spot fixing scandal, also faced the same charges. According to MCOCA, it would be difficult for the cricketers to get bail and the punishment would be more stringent if they are convicted.
Sreesanth's lawyer was quoted as saying, "I don't understand how a cricketer can be charged under MCOCA. The Delhi police has imposed MCOCA solely to deny Sreesanth his right to bail."