'Sreesanth has enough to pay for parties himself'
Sreesanth’s counsel Pinaki Misra said monumental injustice is being done to the Rajasthan Royals medium-pacer by invoking MCOCA and the Delhi Police has brought it in to make the case look more glamorous. HT reports.Updated: Jun 08, 2013, 09:27 IST
Sreesanth’s counsel Pinaki Misra said monumental injustice is being done to the Rajasthan Royals medium-pacer by invoking MCOCA and the Delhi Police has brought it in to make the case look more glamorous.
This was during the bail plea hearing of eight accused in the spot-fixing case including Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammate Ankeet Chavan.
Misra, who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, said: “Can there even be an iota of evidence to invoke MCOCA. Parliament would turn over its head knowing to what use MCOCA is being put. I myself am a Parliamentarian and we seriously need to consider it.”
He said the only thing against Sreesanth is “the unique signal he is said to have given by tucking in the towel. Even a cricketer like (Rahul) Dravid tucks his towel while playing.
There are five to six occasions when in similar temperatures, he has tucked the towel. We should not forget they are playing in temperatures as high as 42°C. He is a fast bowler with a speed of 135km per hour.”
On the stretching and exercises Sreesanth did before opening which police say was a signal to the bookie, Misra said, “Every fast bowler worth his salt in the world would do some stretching while opening an over.
“He said the batsman could only score four runs of the first four balls in the allegedly fixed over.
Why would have Sreesanth waited for last two balls to give away a total of 14 runs if he was fixed? He is a bowler known to give runs and take wickets,” he said.
Refuting the allegation of bookies paying Sreesanth's bills, Misra showed the cricketer's bank statements for last two months which had “a spate of ATM withdrawals for payment of parties this young man was hosting.
“It was his money. He has enough money and does not need any fixer or bookie to pay his entertainment bills.”
Remaining ten bail pleas will be heard on June 10. Additional public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told the court that the bail pleas of the accused should be rejected outright as they have been booked under MCOCA and the probe is still on.
The special cell of the Delhi Police, on Friday, managed to get custody of Ramesh Vyas, a bookie with alleged underworld links, who was arrested by the Mumbai Police last month.
Vyas had claimed that actor Vindoo Dara Singh was closely involved in the facilitation of deals between some bookies and T20 players. “He was handed to us on Friday and he is being brought by a team of six Mumbai police officials by train,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.