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Spot-fixing: Sreesanth opposes plea for cancellation of bail

The disgraced cricketer also questions the jurisdiction of the special cell of Delhi Police in probing the case

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Suspended cricketer S today opposed in a here the plea of Police seeking cancellation of bail granted to him in spot-fixing scandal case saying the allegations levelled against him were "completely non-existent" and it does not disclose his involvement with the alleged organised crime syndicate.

In his written reply filed before the court, Sreesanth also questioned the jurisdiction of the special cell of Delhi police in probing this case saying the "lopsided" probe was "motivated and malicious.

He also claimed the materials sought to be relied on by police seeking cancellation of his bail were "filmsy" and there were no allegations that he had communicated with any alleged bookie or members of the purported crime syndicate.

He alleged the matches, which were claimed to be fixed, were played in Mohali while he was arrested by Delhi police from Mumbai.

Sreesanth also said although Police has lodged a separate case in this matter, he was not named as an accused there.

"In these circumstances, the unilateral and lopsided investigation undertaken by special cell, which by all accounts is motivated and malicious, has been rendered suspect and wholly without jurisdiction," he submitted in his reply filed before Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma.

Sreesanth said he was granted bail in the case on June 10 by a court which had observed there was no material to connect him with any organised crime syndicate or his involvement in any continuing unlawful activity as defined in section 2 (d) of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

"The prosecution, in its application for cancellation qua the present respondent (Sreesanth), failed to highlight any specific ground on the basis of which they sought to assail the order dated June 10, 2013 granting bail or point toward infirmity in the reasoning adopted by the judge in that order ...," he said.

The police had filed an application seeking cancellation of bail granted to Sreesanth and 20 others, including suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, in the case.

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