As Delhi Police got five-day custody of Sreesanth and 13 others, including two other Rajasthan Royals cricketers, for custodial interrogation in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case, the Indian pacer’s counsel alleged he had been framed.
During the closed-door hearing at the residence of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Lokesh Kumar Sharma, advocate Deepak Prakash, who appeared for Sreesanth, said police had not produced any direct evidence against the pacer.
Police had only produced certain excerpts of the tapped conversation of bookies in which Sreesanth’s name has not even cropped up anywhere, Prakash said. “He is innocent, he has been framed,” Prakash told reporters as having submitted before the CMM. He said the police failed to give any preliminary evidence against Sreesanth.
“He (Sreesanth) is totally broken and now I will try for his bail after meeting him in the police station,” he said. Rajiv Shankar Dwivedi, the counsel for Sreesanth’s Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan and three other bookies, said no direct evidence had been found against the accused and no money was recovered from them.
Dressed in a black t-shirt and green trousers, Sreesanth was brought to Saket Court premises in a separate car with his face covered with a black cloth. Two policemen accompanied him in the car.
Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were arrested by the Delhi Police in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai last night for spot-fixing in T20 matches for payments of up to Rs 60 lakh just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.