Denying allegations of assaulting neighbour and his son, former India international Praveen Kumar has claimed that it's a lie and an attempt to tarnish his image. <p></p> <p></p>The alleged victim, Deepak Kumar had alleged that Praveen, in an inebriated condition, had beaten him and his seven-year-old son. He had also claimed that the police refused to register his complaint and instead told him to approach higher authorities as the matter involves a high-profile international cricketer. <p></p> <p></p>However, Praveen, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, has dismissed the allegations. "It is all a lie. In fact, he tried to snatch my chain. It is a case of local politics and nothing else. I don't even live in that area. I have two-three houses there and I had gone to see the status of paint work there," Kumar, who played six Tests and 68 ODIs for India taking 104 wickets, told PTI. <p></p> <p></p>He added, "Some people here can't see others' success...it is another attempt to tarnish my image. For someone like him it is an easy way to get some cheap publicity, defame a cricketer with fake stories and be in the news. I too have filed a complaint against him," he said. <p></p> <p></p>He instead blamed Deepak and his son of beating him. "I was an international cricketer. I have two kids - a daughter and a son. I have never killed an ant then why would I beat a boy. The boy and his father Deepak Sharma who is my neighbour thrashed me up when I alighted from my car last evening nearby my home," Praveen Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI. <p></p> <p></p>"Unfortunately more people want to see you fall than to succeed. That is why you see these fake stories coming out. I am happy with my life. I did commentary recently in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and will be doing again in Ranji Trophy," he said.