Apart from players and bookies, the officials who came under the radar of spot-fixing investigations, in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season, included Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf.

[caption id="attachment_1229" align="alignright" width="247"]Asad Rauf’s name came into question after the Indian media alleged that he was in contact with Bollywood’s actor Vindu Dara Singh (Photo: Getty Images) Asad Rauf’s name came into question after the Indian media allegedly reported that he was in contact with Bollywood’s actor Vindu Dara Singh (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

He was reported to have been interrogated by Mumbai police in this regard before coming to Pakistan last week. He had remained silent to say a word about the matter as he was barred from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to discuss the matter. But once he was allowed to defend himself, he defended, uttering what was expected: “I am innocent.”

While it is premature to question his innocence, what can be said with certainty is that it would be the end of his umpiring career if the allegations against him proved well founded.

The 57-year-old umpire, in his first public statement since returning to Pakistan, said he was ready to face any inquiry and disavowed claims of any wrongdoing in the IPL.

The spot-fixing saga surfaced when Indian police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players on May 16 on the suspicion of spot-fixing in an IPL match against Mumbai Indians. The trio later confessed on deliberately giving away 14 or more runs in an over for money.

Rauf’s name came into question after the Indian media alleged that he was in contact with Bollywood’s actor Vindu Dara Singh, who was arrested on charges of acting as a liaison between players, officials and fixers.

Earlier, the ICC withdrew Rauf from supervising the matches in the upcoming Champions Trophy after the reports that he was being investigated by the Indian police.

Rauf also made headlines in past when he was caught in a sexual scandal involving Indian model Leena Kapoor.
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