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Spot fixing: Sreesanth released from prison

Spot fixing: Sreesanth released from prison

New Delhi: A day after the Delhi court granted bail to the tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketer S Sreesanth, accused in the IPL spot-fixing case, he was released from Tihar jail on Tuesday.

He came out of the prison by 8.30 pm after completing the concerned procedures.

Ankeet Chavan, who was also arrested along with Sreesanth, and 17 others were also released.

On Monday the court had granted bail to the cricketers observing that there is no reason for believing that the accused are guilty under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) at this stage, so they cannot be kept in jail.

While allowing the duo’s bail plea, the court has also imposed condition that they “shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement threat, or promise to any person acquainted with facts of the case, so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the court or to the investigating agency”.

It also asked them to surrender their passport and not to leave country.

The verdict came as a huge setback to the New Delhi Police who have been building a case for close to a month now. The court also rapped the Delhi Police for invoking the provisions of the stringent MCOCA act against Sreesanth and the accused. The Judge said that the evidence linking the cricketers to Dawood being scanty, the decision to invoke MCOCA against the accused was a bit harsh.

Soon after news came about Sreesanth's bail, his family, including mother Savitri Devi, sister Nivedita and brother-in-law Madhu Balakrishnan, went to offer pray at St Antony’s Church, Kaloor, on Monday night.

Sreesanth is expected to reach in Kerala on Wednesday.

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