Former India captain Rahul Dravid has reportedly recorded a statement regarding the IPL spot-fixing scandal which will make him a formal prosecution witness in the case.
Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested on 16 May for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing — and while Sreesanth and Chavan have received bail, Chandila is still in custody.
The report quotes an investigating officer as saying that the it is a single-page statement which will make the prosecution case stronger. It then quotes Dravid as saying: "I never had a doubt about these players. I used to select players on a match-to-match basis."
However, Dravid did say he felt cheated by the conduct of the three arrested players when he gave his statement.
Dravid has given full support in the case so far. Late in May, he said: "I believe truth sets you free. I sincerely hope that we get to the bottom of this mess and reveal whatever the truth is, no matter how painful it is."
The police may also record Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton's statement. Upton is in South Africa now but the source said that he will be made a witness when he returns to India.
These are the latest major developments in the spot-fixing case after Royals player Harmeet Singh told the cops that bookies had tried to approach Shane Watson before the start of IPL-6.
"Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, bookies Jitender and Manan had planned to approach Watson for the spot-fixing in February this year,” a Delhi Police officer had revealed on the basis of a statement given by a team member of Rajasthan Royals, Harmeet Singh.
A charge sheet in the case is expected to be filed soon and media reports say that the names of some D-Company dons may also feature in it along with the three Royals players.
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