IPL 2013: spot-fixing controversy: Sreesanth tried to flex clout when confronted by police

S Sreesanth tried to unsettle the police by referring to his connections with Kerala and Maharashtra Chief Ministers © PTI

New Delhi: May 19, 2013

Fast bowler S Sreesanth began shouting and claimed he had close connections with the Kerala and Maharashtra chief ministers after he was accosted by police for alleged spot fixing.

Sources told that Sreesanth was with a woman companion in an SUV outside a five-star hotel on Carter Road, Mumbai, when a team of Delhi Police intercepted them.

“When a police officer showed him his identity card, initially he kept silent. But suddenly he started shouting and said that he knew the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Kerala. How can they arrest him (me), he demanded,” a source said.

He also handed over his mobile phone to the police officers asking them to call the chief ministers.

Police sources said Sreesanth was drunk at the time of his arrest and he mistakenly thought he was being detained for drunkenness.

Sreesanth, 30, is in the custody of Delhi Police Special cell in connection with the spot fixing scandal busted with his arrest early Thursday morning. His two Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and 12 bookies have also been arrested.

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