Attempt was made to kill S Sreesanth in Tihar jail, claims brother-in-law

Sreesanth, former Indian fast bowler is believed to have been attacked with a knife while he was in Tihar jail, according to his family members.

The temperamental speedster, while playing for his franchise Rajasthan Royals, was arrested on charges of alleged match fixing in the Indian Premier League in 2013 and is out on bail. He is currently facing trial in a Delhi court.

This startling claim was made by Madhu Balakrishnan, who is a known playback singer and also Sreesanth’s sister’s husband. Balakrishnan, said: “After he (Sreesanth) returned home following 26 days in Tihar Jail in May 2013, he revealed this.

“A goon in the jail threatened to murder Sreesanth with a weapon that he made by sharpening a door’s bolt. Luckily, Sreesanth escaped unhurt,” the playback singer said.

“He (Sreesanth) told us that while he was walking inside the jail compound, a known history-sheeter (hardened criminal) suddenly jumped before him, brandishing a very sharp knife. He (Sreesanth) reacted and in the melee, the attacker injured his hand and was taken away by the jail staff,” Balakrishnan claimed, according to India Today.

Sreesanth, former Indian fast bowler

Sreesanth, former Indian fast bowler

Sreesanth’s family has no plans to escalate the issue. He is currently facing trial for spot-fixing in a Delhi court, but says he is certain he will return to full-fledged cricket.

He also said that the family does not intend to turn this into any controversy nor are they planning to take this forward.

After his arrest, BCCI came down heavily on him, slapping a life ban along with others involved. He was booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

Delhi Police invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Sreesanth and the trial has now been completed in a court in Delhi. The verdict is expected to be pronounced early next month. Sreesanth has already expressed confidence that the court will absolve him of the charges.

Sharanya Bharathwaj