A Delhi court on Saturday dropped all charges against ex-India cricketer S Sreesanth and his former Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, saying no prima facie case under MCOCA was made out against them.
Thirty-three other accused were also discharged. The verdict came as a major setback to Delhi Police's Special Cell, which had accused them of criminal conspiracy, cheating by impersonation under IPC, and of offences under Maharashtra's stringent gangster law. “The offence in relation to which MCOCA is sought to be invoked, pertains to betting and match-fixing, which… does not fit in any penal statute," the court said.
“All the necessary ingredients to establish a prima facie case under the provisions of MCOCA is not made out," it said. “Even if entire evidence of prosecution is accepted, then too it is not established that there exists a core crime syndicate of Dawood [Ibrahim] and Chhota Shakeel who have been indulging in the organised offence of betting and match-fixing and also dealing with money so generated through hawala.