Former Indian pacer S Sreesanth, along with two others, faced accusations under IPC Section 420 for alleged cheating, as Kerala police filed a case, yet Sreesanth refuted the charges against him.

The Kerala police initiated legal action against former Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth and two others following a cheating complaint filed on November 23. The complaint, lodged by Choonda Kannapuram resident Sareesh Balagopalan, alleged deceit of Rs 18.7 lakh on various occasions starting from April 25, 2019. The FIR lists Rajiv Kumar and Venkatesh Kini alongside Sreesanth as accused parties. The case under IPC Section 420 implicates them in dishonestly obtaining property delivery.

The funds, purportedly intended for constructing a sports academy in Kollur, Karnataka, embroil Sreesanth as the third accused in the alleged misappropriation case.

Sreesanth refuted all accusations on X (formerly Twitter), firmly stating his non-involvement in any financial transactions or related activities. He expressed gratitude for the support received and pledged legal action against those implicating him in the cheating case. Disheartened by attempts to exaggerate the situation, he clarified that he had no association with the involved individuals and vowed to pursue legal measures.

Banned for life by the BCCI in 2013 due to alleged spot-fixing in the IPL, Sreesanth’s punishment was later reduced to seven years, ending in September 2020. He returned to cricket, featuring in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Kerala.

Despite being shortlisted for the IPL auctions in 2021 and 2022, he remained unsold both times. With a Test career comprising 27 matches and 87 wickets, he played 53 ODIs, taking 75 wickets, and participated in 10 T20Is, securing 7 wickets after his T20I debut in December 2006.

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Last Updated on November 24, 2023

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