New Delhi: A "shocked and saddened" BCCI on Thursday suspended pacer S Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players accused of spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL season 6 and vowed to take "strictest action" against them if found guilty after an inquiry.
     
"As of now, the 3 players viz; Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and S. Sreesanth stand suspended…. All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty," the BCCI said in a statement issued by Secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

Ministry wants to punish guilty players

The Sports Ministry on Thursday asked Indian Premier League authorities to hand out deterrent punishment to three cricketers allegedly involved in spot-fixing if they are found guilty and said the Board should ensure that such unethical incidents do not happen in future.

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"It is very unfortunate that Delhi Police have arrested some cricket players for their alleged role in the spot fixing in the ongoing IPL tournament," the Ministry said in a statement.
     
"The Minister of Sports, Shri Jitendra Singh has spoken to Chairman of the IPL Shri Rajeev Shukla on the issue and impressed upon him to take urgent steps to put in place a mechanism to prevent such unethical activities and ensure clean sports in the country.
     
"The Minister also emphasized that strict action be taken against all those who are found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others," the release added.

Zero-tolerance on spot-fixing

"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything," said Rajasthan Royals in a statement.

"We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game," the statement added.

In a sensational development, Indian speedster S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were on Thursday arrested on charges of spot-fixing, throwing the cash-rich Indian Premier League into its biggest crisis till date.
     
A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- along with seven bookies last night after their team's IPL match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
     
While Sreesanth was picked up in Delhi from his friend's residence, Chavana and Chandila were arrested from the team hotel at Nariman Point in Mumbai. The cricketers and bookies have been charged under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and are being flown in to Delhi for further questioning.

(Agencies)

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