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Sreesanth claims Bhajji elbowed him; Nanavati says 'slap was given'
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New Delhi, April 12, 2013
First Published: 17:14 IST(12/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:21 IST(13/4/2013)
S Sreesanth is seen crying while teammate VRV Singh and Mohali team owner Preity Zinta console him, after the end of the IPL T20 match at Mohali.

Five years after the infamous'slapgate', one of the protagonists of the drama, S Sreesanth, on Friday made an explosive claim, saying that the entire incident was planned and that his former India teammate Harbhajan Singh was a "backstabbing person".

The temperamental Sreesanth made a series of revelations on the 2008 incident on his twitter page today, creating a fresh controversy in the T20 league, a day after Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli were involved in an ugly on-field spat.

"To be whr Iam ..I ve no complaints..but now I want u All to know the truth.He (Bhajji)never Slapped me.the video will show u all..wt he did," Sreesanth wrote in a series of expletives-laden tweets.

"All blamed me for getting emotional ..??c mon who doesn't get emotional whn u know the person who u worship is a backstabbing person Nd ..," he tweeted.

"Disgusting ..that's all I can say..u should get hold of the video..them u all will know te truth..wht he did is completely out of control," he said.

Sreesanth, who is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals, demanded that the videotape of the incident be made public.

"I don't want Bhajji to feel bad now..I need to tell the truth to the world..wht happend was bad..it's not my fault at all..and all media ??? 

The pacer also claimed that Harbhajan did not slap him but elbowed him.

"I want the world to c it..Whn I went to shake hands afte the match..he had lost it..he had already planned to hit me(elbow me)all his anger" he said.

"It's not my fault at all ..Nd I keep getting compared to all this bull  s##*..whn ever  anything bad happens in ipl or cricket match..crazy      "Nd whn u start to c the big change in person who u trust so much..the World comes down ..that's wht happ..;He Never slapped me," Sreesanth added.

"Every one blaming me Nd always writing and talking about slap gate??it really s**#s.the truth is in the video ..which is with ipl.."


Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth: Nanavati

Justice (retd) Sudhir Nanavati, who headed the 'slapgate' inquiry, on Friday contradicted S Sreesanth's claim that he was elbowed by Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 T20 Leauge incident, saying the pacer was indeed slapped by his then India teammate.

Nanavati, who was appointed by the BCCI to probe the 'slapgate' incident, said there was no provocation from Sreesanth's part and Harbhajan tried to slap him for the second time but was restrained by security guards.

"In the video footage, I have seen Harbhajan use the backside of his right palm to give him (Sreesanth) a slap on the right side of his face. It was clear cut, it was there to be seen in the video footage," said Nanavati.

"He (Harbhajan) had admitted it before me, yes slap was given. My first reaction after seeing the video footage in the BCCI office was that I was shocked and surprised. What I have seen in the frame of the video was that Harbhajan after giving him a slap was coming back once again to hit him but at that time, two security personnel had stopped him," Nanavati told 'Times Now'.

Five years after the infamous 'slapgate', Sreesanth made a series of revelations on the 2008 incident on his twitter page today, creating a fresh controversy in the IPL.

Sreesanth, who is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals, demanded that the videotape of the incident be made public.

Nanavati said there was no provocation by Sreesanth during the course of the match played between the Mumbai and Punjab.

"The part of my investigation involved was there any kind of provocation by Sreesanth which later provoked Harbhajan to react on it. My entire investigation report suggested that nothing like that had happened. What I am saying today is written in the report of which of copy is with me and one with the BCCI," he said.


Harbhajan refuses to comment

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today refused to comment on his former India teammate S Sreesanth's claim that the 2008 T20 League season 'slapgate' incident was pre-planned and he was wrongly made the villain of the whole controversy.

"No comments. I don't want to make any comments," Harbhajan said when asked to react to Sreesanth's explosive claims on Twitter today.


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