Azhar denies ~~Outllook~~ report on receiving money

Published: Saturday, April 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:A leading newsweekly claimed that Mohammed Azharuddin had admitted before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he had taken Rs 10 lakhs for providing information in matches against South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan between 1996 and 1999, but the former Indian cricket captain denied this.

Outlook magazine said in its latest issue that Azharuddin, who has been banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of match-fixing allegations, had "admitted" this in a hand-written note prepared by him after CBI had questioned him. The note was seized from a home in Mumbai when the income tax authorities had conducted raids against the "who's who" of Indian cricketing establishment in July, 2000.

The note, according to the weekly, was Azharuddin's recollection of what transpired when CBI's match-fixing investigative team grilled him for nearly 8 hours. It was obviously written to keep a record of what happened during his questioning and the intended recipient seems to have been his wife Sangeeta Bijalani, it said.

Reacting to the report the magazine quotes Azharuddin as saying, "what can I say. I cannot remember these things."

Contacted by PTI for his reaction, Azharuddin said through his lawyer Aman Vachher that all the charges are "absolutely false and baseless" and that the matter was sub judice.

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