Umpire Asad Rauf denies relationship with model

Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 11:08 [IST]
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Asad Rauf denies relationship with model

Mumbai, Aug 15: Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who has been accused by a Mumbai-based model of sexually exploiting her on the pretext of marrying her, has admitted that photographs of the two posing together were real, but denied having any relationship with her.

Rauf, an ICC elite panel umpire, told Pakistani media that the model Leena Kapoor had taken pictures with him by posing as a fan.

Kapoor, 21, forced him into recommending her for the reality TV show "Bigg Boss" as he has good relations with people in Bollywood, Rauf told a News channel.

"But the show's organisers said that they do not accept entries via recommendations or references, so I ended contact with her," he said.

"All I can say at the moment is that there is no truth in these allegations.I cannot make such relations at the ripe old age of 56," Rauf said.

In Mumbai, Kapoor gave a written complaint to Deputy Commissioner of Police Pratap Digaokar's office in suburban Bandra on Monday alleging that she was sexually abused by Rauf on several occasions in Sri Lanka as well as in India, this year.

Digaokar said the complaint was received by him and he has forwarded it to the Versova police station, which has begun an enquiry in the matter.

According to Kapoor, she met Rauf in Sri Lanka in March this year through a common friend and the two exchanged their telephone numbers.

"Then we became very good friends following which Rauf had even proposed to marry me. He had also come to Mumbai when I was not well," Kapoor told PTI.

Rauf had introduced her to many people in Delhi "as his wife", Kapoor claimed.


Story first published:  Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 15:18 [IST]
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