Judge who probed 'slapgate' says Sreesanth was slapped not elbowed

Sreesanth, who is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals, demanded that the videotape of the incident be made public. Nanavati said there was no provocation by Sreesanth during the course of the match played between the Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.

updated: April 12, 2013 17:01 IST
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New Delhi: Justice (retd) Sudhir Nanavati, who headed the 'slapgate' inquiry, on Friday, contradicted S Sreesanth's claim that he was elbowed by Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 IPL incident, saying the pacer was indeed slapped by his then India teammate.

Nanavati, who was appointed by the BCCI to probe the 'slapgate' incident, said there was no provocation from Sreesanth's part and Harbhajan tried to slap him for the second time but was restrained by security guards.

"In the video footage, I have seen Harbhajan use the backside of his right palm to give him (Sreesanth) a slap on the right side of his face. It was clear cut, it was there to be seen in the video footage," said Nanavati.

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