SOME 17 years after his name cropped up in the match fixing allegations, former sports promoter Aushim Khetarpal launched his book titled ‘The Chosen One Aushim Khetarpal’ in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Kheterpal, now a Bollywood producer and spiritual speaker, had been reported to the ICC for allegedly offering 300,000 pounds to English cricketer Chris Lewis and later New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming in 1999.
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He, however, denied all the allegations against him and said the Scotland Yard also gave him a clean chit. “The book is an effort to show my journey from a sports promoter and Bollywood producer to a spiritual speaker and how it brought a change in my life. I was running a sports management company prior to my name being dragged in the controversy and had approached Stephen Fleming and Chris Lewis for taking part in a charity match in India. I was in talks with PCA and had gone to England to pursue players for the charity match and some professional contracts,” said Kheterpal, who earlier ran Radiant Sports management.
Kheterpal later got a clean chit from Scotland Yard in the case and had also met the ICC commission and CBI officials during the inquiry after 1999.
He then produced a film on Sai Baba and is also currently producing a movie on his own life.