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Item Girl Liza Says, UK Bookie Wanted Her For IPL Fixing

Mumbai, May 9 : Item Girl Liza Malik, best known for proposing to a cricketer on the reality show Dancing Queen, has alleged that she was offered Rs 50 lakh by a bookie in UK
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PTI May 09, 2011 21:13 IST

Mumbai, May 9 : Item Girl Liza Malik, best known for proposing to a cricketer on the reality show Dancing Queen, has alleged that she was offered Rs 50 lakh by a bookie in UK to arrange for cricketers to talk to an international bookmaker.

Liza Malik filed a complaint at Mumbai's Oshiwara police station on Sunday. In her complaint, she said, a  UK-based bookie, who calls himself Razaaq aka Razz, had been calling  her and has been  asking her to use her familiarity with Indian cricketers to help him fix matches in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). She was offered Rs 50 lakh for the job, says the complaint.

Liza, who is also a stage performer, has done several shows that were attended by cricketers playing in the IPL and for Team India. She was also a regular at the IPL post-match parties last year.

"I was in Thailand last week when the calls started pouring in from unknown international numbers. The caller said he knew that I was close to couple of cricketers and asked me to arrange for him to speak to them," Maklik told a Mumbai newspaper.

"He offered me Rs 50 lakh if I could get the cricketers to play as per his 'equations'. I told him that I am a mere performer and am not acquainted with cricketers, but he kept emphasising on the Bhajji controversy. After I got a little rude with the man, he threatened me with dire consequences if I did not do his bidding. It seems he has been tracking me. He knew where I lived, knew about my family and even knew that I was in Thailand then," she added.

Petrified, Liza approached the Oshiwara police station on returning to the city on Sunday and registered a complaint against the caller.

"A non-cognisable complaint has been registered against an unknown person under Section 307 (issuing threats through phone calls) of the IPC. We have asked her to approach us if she gets a call from the person again and we will register an FIR then," said a senior official of Oshiwara police station.

 
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