Bangalore, May 29: 30-year-old S Sreesanth, who is currently being lodged in Tihar jail, might not have imagined how his infamous spat with fellow cricketer Harbhajan Singh would land him in a horrible condition. According to media report, the Kerala pacer had attracted attentions of underworld dons post slapgate row in 2008.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees reportedly had marked Sreesanth as one of the vulnerable targets and asked other bookies to track fast bowler in 2008.
The report said Anees felt that they could fix many more junior cricketers if they can lure senior players like Sreesanth. The report mentioned about Delhi police sources who informed about confessions of many arrested bookies in connection with IPL spot fixing scandal.
The bookies reportedly told police that they had marked Sreesanth in 2008 but succeeded to rope him in 2013.
Anees reportedly had appointed bookie Sunil who later handed over the task to Ramesh Vyas and also Jupiter alias Chandresh Jain. Finally, Sreesanth's close aide and another suspected bookie -- Jiju Janardhan alias Biju succeeded to entrap Sreesanth and his fellow teammates of Rajasthan Royals (RR) -- Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.
According to bookies, the tainted cricketers had fallen into their trap as they had shown vulnerability to a rich life style. All three players, however, were approached individually, claimed the report.
Sreesanth, according to bookies, was vulnerable on two accounts -- his weakness towards a good lifestyle and secondly he was upset with other teammates following Bhajji slapgate incident.
The bookies reportedly also informed that they had maintained a record of Sreesanth's movements with escort who were supplied by the bookies. The bookies reportedly had blackmailed the cricketer with those records.
Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and many other bookies including Jiju were arrested from Mumbai by Delhi Police. Earlier it was reported how honey trap was used to lure the tainted cricketers. Delhi Police recently in a court also confirmed the connection between underworld and IPL fixing scandal.