Raina to pursue legal action against Lalit Modi over bribery allegation

Indian left-hand batsman says he has never been involved in any wrondoings


Sports Desk July 03, 2015
Modi, then named three cricketers who he thought were in real close contact with the real estate tycoon. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

Indian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina, on Thursday, said that he never got involved in any wrongdoings and Lalit Modi’s allegations that he accepted bribe from a businessman are false adding that he will be pursuing legal action against them.

"In the wake of recent media reports about me, I would like to make my fans around the world aware and clear the air that I have always played the game in right spirit and with utmost integrity," Raina said in a statement issued by sports management firm Rhiti Sports, with which he is associated.

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"I have never been involved in any wrong doing and all allegations against me are false. Playing cricket is my passion for whichever team I have represented. I'm also figuring out my legal rights to take the right steps ahead in this matter."

Indian Premier League chief Modi has alleged in a letter to the International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian players were bribed by a bookmaker who was also a real estate tycoon in June 2013.

Modi, then named three cricketers who he thought were in real close contact with the real estate tycoon.

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Modi stated that he had been informed by "reliable sources" that the tycoon had paid in cash and kind to the three players.

The ICC acknowledged receiving the letter from Modi but gave the cricketers a clean chits saying that no evidence was found against them. The BCCI also effectively gave a clean chit to the players.

The story was originally published on NDTV

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