13 June, 2021

'What Can I Say?'

Is all Azhar could come up with when he was shown a copy of the fax pages

'What Can I Say?'
"What can I say?" mumbles a visibly shaken Mohammed Azharuddin wiping off the little beads of sweat forming on his forehead. The carefully cultivated look of casual and cool evaporates fast as the former captain peers at the sheet of paper that’s just been handed over to him. Glancing through the document in apparent disbelief, he wonders aloud why something that happened five years ago is being raked up again.

"I don’t know, I can’t remember these things," is all Azhar’s willing to say when asked if the handwriting was his own. "I had so much tension on my head then, to be honest I can’t remember what happened," he says when asked about his alleged confessions to the CBI regarding his conversations with Abu Salem or his association with bookies such as M.K. Gupta. He sounds incredulous when told about his alleged confession about shopping in London’s Harrods for Rs 50 lakh courtesy one Ajay Gupta. "Fifty lakhs, what’s wrong with them? I have no money, I am running a gym," he says.

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