There was a murder attempt on the former Indian cricketer, Sreesanth while he was lodged in Tihar jail as an accused in IPL spot fixing case, brother-in-law of the player said. A noted playback singer in Kerala, Madhu Balakrishnan, said that Sreesanth was shifted to another cell after a goon attacked him with a sharpened weapon.
“He told us that while he was walking inside the jail compound, an infamous crimainal 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,” said Madhu. Madhu further said the family has no plan to create a controversy out of it, but added that Sreesanth was subjected to physical and mental torture inside the jail. Former India bowler along with two other players of Rajasthan Royals were nabbed by Delhi police on 16 May 2013 for their alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. After this, the BCCI had slapped a life ban on Sreesanth in September.
Though the police said Sreesanth had confessed to spot-fixing, the player has maintained that he is innocent and that he was forced to confess the charges. The case is being heard in a Delhi court.