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Conspiracy theory: Sreesanth’s dad takes back barbs on M S Dhoni

Santhakumaran Nair initially alleged his son was trapped in the scam.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: May 17, 2013 3:59:44 am

Reacting to the arrest of his son,S Sreesanth,in the spot-fixing case,father Santhakumaran Nair initially alleged a conspiracy theory involving India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh,but retracted those charges soon after the Delhi police revealed the details and offered an apology.

Not long after the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players,including Sreesanth,hit the news early this morning,the Nair had said that he and his family strongly believe that their son was trapped in the scam as a result of him calling Harbhajan a backstabber. And Dhoni’s general ‘dislike’ for Sreesanth. “Dhoni and Singh had been involved in controversies (with Sreesanth) in the past. Dhoni,the captain,had threatened that Sreesanth would not be in the Indian team,’’ Nair told the media in Kochi.

Sreesanth’s brother-in law,Madhu Balakrishnan,said that the controversy was to defame the fast bowler. “Harbhajan Singh and Dhoni have this enmity towards Sreesanth after he had tweeted about the issues with Dhoni,” said Balakrishnan,before adding,“Sreesanth was against spot-fixing.’’

“He has been longing to return to the Indian team. The time was most suitable for his return as the chances for an re-entry were high. He would not deliberately get involved in such an act when he wanted to return to the Indian team,” said other family members.

Quick apology

However,soon after Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar addressed the media in the afternoon — armed with video evidence — the family retracted their allegations against Dhoni and Harbhajan. Nair said he had considered the possibility of a conspiracy as an instant reaction to the arrest of his son.

“In the past,Sreesanth had problems with Dhoni and Harbhajan. Hence,that was my first reaction. I wish to withdraw those comments and tender my apology,’’ an emotional Nair said.

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