The Board of Control for Cricket in India has given Rajasthan Royals off-spinner Ajit Chandila until March 12 to file a written reply and defend charges of spot-fixing against him. Chandila was summoned by the BCCI's disciplinary committee in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chandila is facing corruption charges and was among a clutch of Rajasthan Royals players arrested by the police for fixing Indian Premier League games in return for huge sums of money. (Click here for latest on IPL)
According to a BCCI press release, Chandila met a BCCI committee comprising N Srinivasan, Rajeev Shukla and Shivlal Yadav. Chandila requested the disciplinary committee for additional time to submit a written reply to the charges levelled against him.
The BCCI's Anti-Corruption Security Unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani has recommended a ban between five years to life on Chandila. The bowler has been found guilty of violating multiple anti-corruption clauses. Sawani's report says Chandila had influenced other players to indulge in spot-fixing. He is also accused of passing vital team information to the bookies.
In September last year, the BCCI imposed a life ban on S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan. Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth and Chavan were found guilty of spot-fixing during the sixth season of IPL. Another Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi was handed a one-year ban while Amit Singh was banned for five years. The case against India's under-19 World Cup winner Harmeet Singh, who also represented the Royals, was closed due to a lack of evidence.
In September last year, the Haryana-born Chandila was granted bail by a Delhi court. The court said there were some "missing links" in the prosecution case and the case would have to be re-examined. Baburao Yadav, a former domestic player, and Deepak Kumar, an alleged bookie, were also granted bail along with Chandila by Dharmesh Sharma, the Additional Sessions Judge, on personal bonds of Rs 50,000 with one surety of like amount each.
"It is very surprising... There are some missing links in the case. I am sending the full file to the Commissioner of Police to let the case be examined...," the judge was quoted as saying. Chandila was charged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by the Delhi Police, but the court said Chandila's connection with the alleged organised syndicate was "too remote".