IPL spot-fixing: Delhi Police recover cash paid to Sreesanth

S SreesanthTwo of the accused after being produced at Saket court in New Delhi on Tuesday in connection with IPL spot-fixing case (PTI)

Delhi Police today claimed to have recovered Rs 5.5 lakh, which was part of the Rs ten lakh allegedly paid to cricketer Sreesanth for spot-fixing in an IPL match, from Mumbai.

The recovery was made in Mumbai at the instance of Abhishek Shukla, who was arrested for allegedly removing money and articles of Sreesanth soon after the cricketer's arrest.

Police sources said this recovery completes the money trail of Sreesanth. Of the Rs ten lakh, Mumbai Police had recovered Rs 75,000 while Delhi Police claims it has evidence of Sreesanth spending around Rs 3.75 lakh for purchases and parties. Police had taken Shukla, an event manager, to Mumbai yesterday for recovery.

Shukla has been charged under section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and taken to Mumbai for recovery of articles and money owned by Sreesanth which he had hidden, sources said.

"We have accounted for Rs 5 lakh out of the Rs 10 lakh Sreesanth got for alleged spot-fixing. Shukla has allegedly hidden the remaining amount belonging to Sreesanth as well as Jiju Janardhan, the cricketer's friend. "Soon after Sreesanth's arrest, Jiju made a call to Shukla asking to clean up Sreesanth's room," the official said.

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