Match-fixing: Actress denies role; may sue newspaper

A UK newspaper report claimed that the 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali was rigged Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 12, 2012

Bollywood actress Nupur Mehta on Monday rubbished allegations that she was involved in match-fixing in last year’s World Cup Cricket semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali and threatened to sue a London daily.

The Sunday Times carried out a sting operation on a Delhi-based bookie who claimed that the 2011 semi-final was rigged. The paper said that a Bollywood starlet was used to lure Pakistani players to underperform, but did not name her.

An image with a blurred face was published in the newspaper with a report claiming that match-fixing is rampant in international cricket and UK’s domestic county as well. The image seems to be of Nupur.

Nupur, who has worked in Sunny Deol starrer ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ (2005), told PTI, “I have been accused of something that I have not done. All I would say is I am not guilty of any such thing.”

“The picture that they have used was taken during my film, ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’,” she said.

She has threatened to take legal action against the British daily. “I intend to take action against them.”