Fleming's publisher brushes aside threat

Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Brushing aside threats of legal action from businessman Aushim Khetrapal who has been accused of being involved in match-fixing activities, the publishers of New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming's book have said they were comfortable with what has been published.

Hodder Moa Beckett managing director and publisher Kevin Chapman said the book Balance Of Power had undergone the regular legal checks.

"We're quite comfortable with what's been published," Chapman was quoted as saying in the local media on Tuesday.

"We didn't think it was particularly problematic from a legal point of view.

"In that section Stephen has not said a lot more than he's said before. Stephen's been incredibly consistent with what he's said. He recorded it all at the time and took good advice," they said.

In the book written by journalist Richard Boock, Fleming had named sports promoter-turned businessman Khetrapal as the one to approach him to join the match-fixing syndicate in 1999.

However, Khetrapal denied these allegations and told reporters on Monday that he was considering legal action against Fleming.

"I am certainly considering filing a defamation suit but I cannot do so only on the basis of media reports," Khetrapal said.

"We will go through the book and what is written in it and would take appropriate decision in a couple of days," Khetrapal said.

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