IPL spot-fixing: Ankeet Chavan gets bail for marriage

Ankeet ChavanA file photo of Rajasthan Royals bowler Ankeet Chavan (center). (PTI)

Suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, was today granted interim bail for a week by a Delhi court to solemnise his marriage scheduled for June 2.

Rajasthan Royals players Chavan and S Sreesanth are prime accused in the spot-fixing fiasco.

"By denying accused to solemnise marriage which was already fixed, not only he but also the would-be bride and other relatives would also suffer because of no fault of theirs," Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna said while granting interim bail to Chavan, with a condition that he will have to surrender on June 6.

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Granting him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of like amount, the court directed him to surrender his passport, not to make any direct of indirect inducement to any person related to the case and also not to leave India.

Chavan had sought bail on the ground that his marriage is fixed for June 2 and if the wedding does not take place it will harm his reputation and that of his fiancee.

He had approached the sessions court after a magistrate denied him bail.

Chavan's counsel Kishore Gaikwad said, "Marriage is a sacrosanct occasion which comes once in a lifetime. The girl and Chavan knew each other for last four years and got engaged on July 1, 2012 at Mumbai. It was decided that marriage would take place immediately on completion of IPL," he said.

An affidavit of the brother of Chavan's fiancee was also filed in the court along with the wedding card and other documents showing that the bookings, purchase of articles and all other preparations for the wedding have already been made.

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