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IPL fixing: Police seeks open NBWs for Dawood, Chhota Shakeel

IPL fixing: Police seeks open NBWs for Dawood, Chhota Shakeel

New Delhi: The Delhi Police Friday sought issuance of open non-bailable warrants for fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel in connection with the IPL spot-fixing racket, which it said was being run on their command.

In an application moved before Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna, the Special Cell of Delhi Police said, "It has come to our notice that main bookies and the fixers were in touch with Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

"It has come to the notice that Dawood and Chhota Shakeel gave directions to bookies and fixers in India to fix the cricket players and betting on cricket matches," it said.

The police also said the two are not traceable at their Mumbai address.

The court has fixed the application for hearing on June 10.

Meanwhile, the court today heard arguments on bail pleas of eight accused including pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammate Ankeet Chavan.

Sreesanth's counsel senior advocate Pinaki Misra said, "Monumental injustice has been done by invoking MCOCA, which has been brought in by Delhi Police only to make its case look glamourous."

Misra, who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, submitted, "Can there even be an iota of evidence to invoke MCOCA. Parliament would turn over its head knowing to what use MCOCA is being put. I myself am a Parliamentarian and we seriously need to consider it," he submitted.

He said the only thing against Sreesanth is "the unique signal he is said to have given in tucking the towel. Even a cricketer like Dravid tucks his towel while playing.

"There are five to six occasions when in similar temperatures, he has tucked the towel. We should not forget they are playing in temperatures as high as 42 degrees Celsius. He is a fast bowler with a speed of 135km per hour."

On the stretching and exercises Sreesanth did before opening which police say was a signal to the bookie, Misra said, "Every fast bowler worth his salt in the world would do some stretching while opening an over. He said the batsman could only score four runs of the first four ball in the allegedly fixed over. Why would have Sreesanth waited for last two balls to give away a total of 14 runs if he was fixed?

"He is a bowler known to give runs and take wickets," the counsel said.

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