The Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have recovered the remaining Rs 5.5 lakh of the total amount which cricketer S Sreesanth reportedly got from the alleged spot-fixing racket,from the house of his friend Abhishek Shukla,an event manager.
Shukla,who was arrested on Wednesday but granted bail today,is reported to have befriended the cricketer in Bangalore about five years ago. The police said they recovered a bag containing the money from Shuklas flat in Lokhandwala,Andheri West,Mumbai.
According to the police,Shukla wanted to become Sreesanths manager and usually travelled with him. Shukla was booked under Section 201 IPC (destruction of evidence) for allegedly hiding Sreesanths money after the cricketers arrest on May 15. The police claimed that they have a copy of the CCTV footage which shows Shukla entering the hotel just after Sreesanths arrest.
Police sources said that just after the cricketers arrest,alleged bookie Jiju Janardhanan spoke to a source in Malayalam the police reportedly have the phone intercepts and informed the person about the development. Subsequently,Jiju is reported to have called up Shukla and asked him to go to Sreesanths hotel room and hide the money.
Of the total amount that Sreesanth allegedly received for spot-fixing,Jiju was reportedly given Rs 2 lakh. Sources said Jiju handed over this money too to Shukla before his arrest.
The telephone intercepts are evidence of the fact that Jiju was informed by someone about Sreesanths arrest. Jiju asked the source what he should do to prevent the police from finding the money, said a senior police officer.
According to police investigations,Sreesanth hosted three parties at the Mariott hotel in Jaipur with the alleged spot-fixing money.
On May 14,when Sreesanth paid around Rs 1.95 lakh for denims and other articles at the Diesel Store in Mumbai,Shukla was handling the money. After finishing his shopping,Sreesanth asked Shukla to get the bag of money from the car and pay the bill, said the officer,adding that Jiju had also accompanied Sreesanth on this shopping trip.
Meanwhile,sources said police are on the lookout for an event manager who is reported to have met arrested bookie Chandresh Patel. This event manager allegedly claimed told Patel that he would arrange a meeting with players of another IPL team.