ICC official questions Bollywood starlet
Mehta, whose name first surfaced when London`s `Sunday Times` carried out a sting operation on a Delhi bookie in March, said that she met ICC anti-corruption and security officer Alan Peacock at a Mumbai hotel in western Indian state of Maharashtra on Monday and was able to "clear the air" that she was not involved in any fixing activity. In the sting operation, done to investigate allegations of match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup, specifically the semifinal match between India and Pakistan in Mohali, a suspicion was raised on Mehta being used by bookies to lure players.
"ICC anti-corruption and security unit head Alan Peacock quizzed me in Mumbai for two and half hours today. He was the only official representing the ICC. There was a list of questionnaires. He asked me who all I know in cricketing world both India and international players. I took names but I won`t reveal it to the media," Mehta told PTI. The ICC, however, refused to comment on the development, saying that it does not normally comment on anti-corruption related matters.
Mehta said she told the ICC official that she was not involved in match-fixing and the cricketers she befriended with were also not involved in such activities. "I have complete faith in ICC investigating unit. They gave me a clean chit today and said that they would not interrogate me again. I told them the cricketers I took the names are not involved in fixing at all. They are innocent. I proved myself right. I have cleared the air," she said.