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Both rooms in Mumbai hotel booked by Sreesanth

india Updated: May 20, 2013 01:46 IST
Rahul Mahajani
Rahul Mahajani
Hindustan Times
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The day when the Board of Control for Cricket in India asked the Rajasthan Royals to press criminal charges against S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, the Mumbai police managed to ascertain that both rooms booked at a suburban Mumbai hotel were in Sreesanth's name.

Police had earlier claimed that apart from the team hotel, Sreesanth had booked rooms in another hotel when Rajasthan Royals came to Mumbai for their Indian Twenty20 league match.

As per sources in the crime branch, one of the rooms was used by Sreesanth and the second one was used by his friend Jiju Janardhanan, a former cricketer who later turned into a bookie.

CCTV footage

The crime branch has also got hold of CCTV footage from the hotel and it will be analysed for evidence.

Police are also probing the possibility of escorts frequenting the rooms being used as messengers of bookies.

The police have got around 1500 contacts from one of Sreesanth's mobile phones.

“The ones which are in code names would be checked thoroughly,” police sources said adding that the fast bowler’s laptop was being analysed with the help of experts.

Religious posts

“Three diaries of Sreesanth show that he used to write on a fairly regular basis on his feelings but had lately stopped. The recent posts are on a lot of religious things,” sources said.

The police seized a laptop, one blackberry phone, one ipad, a SIM card, a Tata photon card, three dairies and cash of R72,290 from the two rooms 1213 and 1214 booked by Sreesanth at the other hotel on May 14 and 15.

Though the police have not officially booked Sreesanth in a case of betting, they are investigating his role and if needed, his custody could be taken over from the Delhi police, sources added.

Police team up

The Delhi police have started to work in tandem with its Mumbai counterparts. On Sunday, a team of Delhi police was in the city to investigate the common links in the issue.

Sources said Delhi police were likely to question Ramesh Vyas, from whose office 30 phone lines were set up for contact with bookies in Pakistan during the T20 tournament. Other bookies arrested by city police - Pravin Behra alias PD and Pankaj Shah alias Lotus are also likely to be quizzed by the Delhi police.

Officials said names of the bookies Juipter and Tinku are common in the cases filed by both the Delhi and the Mumbai police and the two were in contact with bookies in Pakistan through Vyas's centre. In the investigation of the crime branch, link of top bookie Shobhan Kalachowkie, has come to the fore and police are working on this. Also Vyas had been arrested with Kalachowkie in a case registered in the city in 2005.