Tainted umpire Asad Rauf, who was on Saturday charge-sheeted by police in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, claimed innocence and said he has no link with bookies.

“Discussion and information are two separate things. We can discuss things with people but sharing information is different. I will get in touch with my legal adviser and then I can tell you,” Mr. Rauf said.

Asked if he knew Bindu Dara Singh, who was also named in the chargesheet, Mr. Rauf said: “I have thousands of friends but that doesn’t mean that if my friends do something then I also have to do anything with that. Let them proof something. I mean, if it was the case that I have taken a favour or a gift or money was given to me ... you got to prove allegations,” said Mr. Rauf, who is “wanted accused” along with 15 bookies from Pakistan.

Mr. Rauf said he would explain his stand to ICC’s Anti-corruption unit. “I have been an employee of ICC. ICC has their own Anti-corruption unit. Like police they also investigate. When they call me, I will answer them through my legal adviser. I have done five IPLs and my decisions have been 100 per cent correct. I will answer to ICC regarding my allegations,” he said.

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