S Sreesanth is in Dawood's company on cover of fixing chargesheet
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A 6,000-page IPL spot-fixing chargesheet filed by Delhi Police on Tuesday has on its cover a picture of Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted criminal, along with a picture of accused Rajasthan Royals bowler S Sreesanth. There is little doubt what dots the investigators have attempted to connect. Also read: Delhi Police seek cancellation of Sreesanth's bail
One piece of evidence highlighting Dawood's role in the spot-fixing case and his links with the accused cricketers is an alleged conversation between Tinku Mandi and Pakistan-based Javed Chautani, bookies who were allegedly in touch with Sreesanth's friend Jiju Janardhan.
The alleged conversation between Mandi and Chautani took place in April, a month before the spot-fixing racket was busted. Also read: BCCI probe panel 'illegal', 'unconstitutional'
Mandi is heard telling Chautani, "Aap logon ko maine kal TV mein dekha (I saw all of you on TV yesterday)". To this, Chautani replies, "Kaun se channel mein, aur kaun kaun? (On which channel and who all did you see?)"
According to the transcripts submitted by police, Mandi told Chautani that he had seen the pictures on a particular news channel at 8 pm on April 3. Police contacted the channel and found that stock archival pictures of Dawood and his aides Chhota Shakeel, Ehteshyam and Chautani had been shown. Also read: 'No clean chit for Meiyappan'
Police have also indicated that bookie Mandi was directly and constantly in touch with D-Company members. In support of their claim, the police have produced forensic reports confirming Mandi's voice on the audio clips.
According to the chargesheet, the underworld repeatedly pressured bookies to rope in players to spot-fix IPL matches. The alleged confessional statement of Mumbai-based bookie Ramesh Vyas — saying he received threats from Dawood and his men — is part of the chargesheet.