AZHAR announced a prize of 1crore (10 Million Rupees)

AZHAR announced a prize of 1crore (10 Million Rupees)

Post by NumeroUn » Sat, 17 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Denying the charge that he is wealthy, Azhar said he had already filed a
case against (former income tax commissioner) Vishwa Bandhu Gupta for
stating that the "stylish batsman was the cricketer who had declared Rs 16
crore under the VDI scheme".

"I challenge and announce a prize of Rs 1 crore to anyone who can prove this
charge."
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Azhar to sue Cronje, mates for 'ganging up on him'
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HYDERABAD: Mohammad Azharuddin is planning to sue his former teammates Sunil
Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Manoj Prabhakar as well as disgraced South
African captain Hansie Cronje, accusing them of having ganged up to "frame"
him.

In an interview to a local daily, Azhar rejected the suggestion of Sports
Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa that he step down till he is cleared in the
match-fixing controversy.

"Why should I step down?" he asked stating that the minister's suggestion
was based on the allegation by Cronje who ``himself admits before the King
Commission that he has been lying till today''.

The former India captain accused Cronje of being "racist" and said "because
our police taped him, the South Africans have conspired to fix the blame on
Indians".

Turning homeward, Azhar said: "Mainly because I belong to the minority
community, I am being victimised and targeted -- especially by some former
cricketers who have a personal grudge against me."

Accusing Shastri of lying in the Manoj Prabhakar tapes about his having
bought a watch for Rs 6 lakh, Azharuddin said: "I bought no such watch. The
entire thing is a lie."

Azhar said it was evident from the videotaped conversation that Shastri,
Prabhakar, Gavaskar and a journalist ``were plotting against me. They have
ganged up to frame me.''

Asserting that the entire exercise was "just a vilification campaign", Azhar
said he planned to "sue all of them" -- Cronje, Shastri, Prabhakar,
Gavaskar, the website that produced the Prabhakar tapes and fast-food
company McDonalds (for putting up a hoarding Azhar ne Pucca Khaya).

"I have hired Ram Jethmalani to represent me," he said, perhaps unaware of
the fact that a person holding public office cannot be engaged as a lawyer.

Denying the charge that he is wealthy, Azhar said he had already filed a
case against (former income tax commissioner) Vishwa Bandhu Gupta for
stating that the "stylish batsman was the cricketer who had declared Rs 16
crore under the VDI scheme".

"I challenge and announce a prize of Rs 1 crore to anyone who can prove this
charge."

He dared all former cricketers to declare their assets and asked: "Why is
the Press quiet on the issue of 16 bookies attending a cricketer's wedding
and presenting a very expensive necklace to his wife? Why didn't the Press
go and find out who that cricketer was? The Press was also very quiet when
cash and foreign exchange were found in a cricketer's locker. Why is the
Press not playing fair? Why are all these matters being hushed up?"

Azhar said: "Merely because I am from the minority community, even
responsible persons allege that I have underworld connections. Only because
I am from the minority community, the Press calls me a traitor."

"I have never felt this but now I am beginning to feel this."

Azhar said one reason why he is not easily accessible is because he is often
quoted wrongly. "I never react angrily. When you are angry, you tend to say
all kinds of things and I don't like talking without thinking. I am bitter,
very angry, but I will not say anything uncalled for."

"I have never been controversial and neither do I have any regrets about the
way I have led my life. Ups and downs are part of life, this is destiny. I
am innocent," he added. (PTI)

 
 
 

AZHAR announced a prize of 1crore (10 Million Rupees)

Post by samarth harish sha » Sat, 17 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> In an interview to a local daily, Azhar rejected the suggestion of Sports
> Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa that he step down till he is cleared in the
> match-fixing controversy.

> "Why should I step down?" he asked stating that the minister's suggestion
> was based on the allegation by Cronje who ``himself admits before the King
> Commission that he has been lying till today''.

Actually, I agree with Azhar here, too. The South Africans were prompt in
supporting Cronje and demanding evidence from the Indian authorities when
the Delhi Police first accused Cronje.

In complete contrast, look at the way the Indian authorities (sports
minister SS Dhindsa prime amongst them) have reacted. If he did not wish
to support Azhar and demand evidence from Cronje, at least he could've
kept his mouth shut.

Instead, he's asked *Azhar* to step down from the team! Now, if he's
asking Kapil and Azhar to step down because they might not be able to
focus on the game with all this controversy, then I agree with him. But if
he's asking them both to step down on m***grounds, then I do not.

-Samarth [ who, surprisingly, agreed with a lot of what Azhar had to say
in his defense, although not all of it ].