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IPL spot fixing: High court asks for status of notice to Sreesanth

Written by Abhishek Patil

The Delhi High Court Tuesday asked its registrar to check whether all those discharged along with cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan have been served a notice that was issued on the police’s appeal in the 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case.

“List the matter before the registrar who shall give a report whether any of the respondents remain unserved,” the court said, while fixing the case before the registrar for April 10.

During the day’s hearing, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, representing the Delhi Police, told the court that all the respondents have been served the notice and they were also represented through their counsels earlier.

The high court had on November 18, 2015, issued notices to all the 36 respondents, who were discharged in the case.

Police had moved the high court on September 2, 2015, after a trial court in the same year had given a clean chit to the cricketers and the alleged bookies in the case.

The Delhi Police, assailing the verdict, filed an appeal in the high court, contending that the trial court order was unsustainable. It has submitted that the logic and conclusions put forth for discharging the accused were not correct.

On March 15, the Supreme Court had set aside the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing.

The apex court had said the disciplinary committee may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth, who will get an opportunity to be heard.

It had also said its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against him in the Delhi High court.

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