New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of pacer S Sreesanth and 22 others till June 18 in connection with IPL spot-fixing scandal after the Delhi Police informed it had invoked MCOCA provisions against them.

MCOCA provisions invoked against Sreesanth

Police told the court that provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) have been invoked against all the 26 accused as they were allegedly facilitating the illegal acts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma was also informed that MCOCA enables the police to seek further custodial interrogation of accused to unearth the organized syndicate in the case.

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Out of 26 accused, IPL player Ankeet Chavan and Sreesanth's friend Abhishek Shukla are out on bail and co-accused Ashwani Aggarwal has been sent to Mumbai on a production warrant issued by a court there.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jain will now hear the bail applications of 16 accused in the case as MCOCA has been invoked. The 16 accused, who have filed bail pleas include Sreesanth.

Advocate DP Singh, appearing for bookie Chandresh Patel argued that the accused, who was said to be haves links with D-company has been given bail in Mumbai and here MCOCA has been invoked. "How can players be accused of being a part of an organised crime syndicate?" he argued.

(Agencies)

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