Spot-fixing: Cops crashed Sreesanth’s party

Mumbai crime branch seized a laptop and some other articles from a room in a luxury hotel in Mumbai which was occupied by S Sreesanth before his arrest on the charge of spot-fixing T20 matches. HT Photo

Sreesanth had plans to party all night “with as many women as possible” on May 15, the Delhi Police have said.

They claimed the cricketer was drunk and easily lured to Mumbai’s Trident hotel, where police had already arrested his bookie friend Jiju Janardhan.

“We nabbed Jiju first and sought his help in luring Sreesanth,” an investigating officer said Sunday. “Jiju was made to call and tell him to come to the Trident, so he could be introduced to a female friend.” Minutes later, Sreesanth arrived at the Trident with a “woman on his arm”.

Police also said that when Jiju called him, Sreesanth told him he was “resting at home”.

But it turned out he had been at the InterContinental Hotel with his "girlfriend".

As the police moved in on him, an enraged Sreesanth warned them "not to touch" him.

"He yelled at one officer and shoved another, saying he knew the chief minister - though he didn't specify of which state," the officer said.

Police, meanwhile, arrested three more men - including a former Ranji player - for acting as go-betweens for cricketers and bookies. The number of arrested now stands at 17.

Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole, and Manish Gudewa were apprehended from Maharashtra's Aurangabad. Gudewa was a Ranji cricketer who played for Vidharbha between 2003 and 2005. Police are also trailing their associate Babu Ram Yadav.


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