Ajit Chandila, Hiken Shah banned for IPL spot-fixing

The order passed by the trial court in July last year had specified that the court wouldn’t interfere in BCCI’s internal process.

Rajasthan Royals bowler Ajit Chandila will be barred for life from playing or representing cricket in any form or be associated in any way with the activities of the Board or its affiliates.   -  R. V. Moorthy

The criminal charges against Ajit Chandila – and two of his former Rajasthan Royals teammates S. Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan – may have been dropped by a trial court in Delhi in July, 2015. However, it had no bearing over the BCCI disciplinary committee’s decision to impose a life ban on Chandila for his breach of the BCCI anti-corruption code.

In fact, it is understood that the order passed by the trial court in July last year had specified that the court wouldn’t interfere in BCCI’s internal process. “The Anti­Corruption Code also covers disclosing inside information to any person before the match or event where the participant might receive or know that disclosure of such information in such circumstances can be used in relation to betting,” stated the order passed by judge Neena Bansal Krishna, which was submitted to BCCI disciplinary committee by Chandila.

“The offence of match-fixing and betting and the incidental conduct of the players/bookies in furtherance of these activities is thus, covered under the Anti­Corruption Code of Board of Control for Cricket in India.”

Interestingly, despite the criminal charges being dropped, neither Sreesanth nor Chavan has appealed against his BCCI life ban. Rakesh Kumar, Chandila’s lawyer, however, said they will be forced to seek legal course.

“The verdict is shocking, especially in the wake of the court dropping all the charges against Ajit,” Kumar told The Hindu. “We will request a review of its order to the Board. If it doesn’t agree, then we will have to consider legal recourse.”

Shah prefers to wait and watch

Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah, banned for five years for violating the BCCI ant-corruption code, preferred to not make any statement in haste. Shah was involved in a long meeting with Som Sinha, his counsel.

“We are still waiting for the detailed order. Once it is emailed to us, we can go through it carefully before deciding our future course of action,” Sinha said.

Shah has been found guilty of offering a bribe to Mumbai teammates Pravin Tambe, who was also a member of Rajasthan Royals.

Rauf verdict on February 12

Meanwhile, the BCCI has extended the deadline for Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf to submit his written reply. “The hearing of Asad Rauf was scheduled for today. He did not appear in person but sent a reply stating that no fair enquiry has been conducted in his matter and hence a de novo enquiry be held by appointing another enquiry officer. The said request was rejected by the Disciplinary Committee,” stated a BCCI statement.

“The Committee gave him a final opportunity to submit his written statement if any, and produce documents on which he proposes to rely on before February 9, 2016. The date of the hearing and the final order has been scheduled for February 12, 2016 at Cricket Centre, Mumbai.”

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