Cricketer Sreesanth along with the Special Cell Officials leave Saket Court in New Delhi. HT photo/Kunal Patil
A day after they recovered Rs. 20 lakh from the house of Ajit Chandila’s aunt in Palwal the first recovery in the spot-fixing scandal, the Delhi police on Tuesday claimed that they have recovered the clothes bought by Sreesanth in Mumbai and the BlackBerry Z10 costing around Rs. 42,000 he gifted to his girlfriend.
Clothes and phone
The recovery of the phone and clothes were made from the house of Sreesanth’s girlfriend in Jaipur where he was taken by a team of the special cell on Monday night. Sources said Sreesanth purchased designer clothes worth Rs. 1.95 lakh from Diesel Store in Mumbai, a day before his arrest on May 15, and gifted the costly smartphone to his girlfriend, an Air India hostess, using the money he allegedly earned from spot-fixing in the T20 league match.
Apart from taking him to his girlfriend’s house in Jaipur from where the BlackBerry phone was recovered at his instance, Sreesanth was also taken to Marriott Hotel in Jaipur where he used to stay during his visits, sources said.
“He was also taken to the house of one Sakshi Jhala, his friend who runs a girl’s hostel in Sodala area in Jaipur. Jhala is also a close friend of Sakshi Dhoni, wife of India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “Sreesanth’s girlfriend is a schoolmate of Sakshi Dhoni,” said a source adding Sreesanth made cash payment for buying clothes.
Paid in cash
Police also examined the Diesel Store manager to confirm that the purchasing was made by Sreesanth and he paid the full amount in cash.
“He used the money he earned from spot-fixing in parties and purchases of designer stuff. We have documents to prove that he used the money from spot-fixing to buy these articles,” added the source.
Delhi Police claimed on Tuesday as it added section 409 (criminal breach of trust by an agent) into the case scandal after T20 league franchise Rajasthan Royals filed a formal complaint.
In the complaint, the T20 league franchise claimed that they had entered into an agreement with the three players saying that the cricketers will abide by the rules and regulations laid by ICC, BCCI and the league.