In the large group of friends and family associated with those arrested in the spot-fixing case at the Saket courts,Rajinder Singh stands out. The businessman from Jor Bagh isn’t quite an insider but he can’t even be dismissed as one of the several hangers-on crowding the court premises to get a glimpse of the star accused S Sreesanth.
On Tuesday, Rajinder will play an important part in facilitating the pacer bowler’s release from Tihar Jail. The long-time Sreesanth fan will be one of the two who will stand surety for the pacer. “I watch cricket,but I am a bigger Sreesanth fan. I always enjoyed watching him bowl and I like his spirit. That is why I wanted to support him by offering to stand surety,” said the middle-aged businessman who owns a travel company.
When Rajinder came to know that his cricketing hero’s bail application was coming up for hearing,he called up supreme court advocate Nigel Kumar,part of Sreesanth’s defence team,and told him that he was ready to stand surety.
Though Rajinder’s interactions with Sreesanth have been few and far between,he has been able to develop a bond with the cricketer.
“I have met Sreesanth on two occasions. The first time was at the Ferozeshah Kotla and the second occasion was at the airport. But he does recognise me and during his previous appearances in court he did see me and wave out. Sreesanth knows that I am a big fan of his. But I am not one of those fans who only want an autograph and a photograph clicked. I wanted to be there for Sreesanth when he needed help and this is the best way I can help,” Rajinder said.
He also adds that this is not the first time he has jumped to Sreesanth’s defence. “Even when the slap-gate involving Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh happened in 2009,I felt that it wasn’t Sreesanth’s fault alone,” Rajinder added.
Along with Rajinder,Shibu Cherian a businessman from Chhatarpur,will also stand surety. Cherian hails from Perinthalmana in north Kerala but has been settled in New Delhi for over a decade. Both Rajinder and Shibu will sign the bail bonds,confirmed advocate Kumar.