Hyderabad: A cheating case has been registered against former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and two others at Aurangabad district of Maharashtra police station, for allegedly duping a travel agent to a tune of Rs 20.09  lakh.

Shahab, owner of Danish Tours and Travels agency, located in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad had alleged that on the request of Azharuddin’s personal assistant Mujib Khan, his firm had booked international flight tickets, amounting to Rs 20.96 lakh. Azharuddin and his associates were to travel on these tickets.

However, after booking, Mujib Khan told Shahab that the amount will be transferred online. But the personal assistant failed to do. Further, when Shahab asked for payment, Mujib’s employee Sudesh Awakkal replied through an e-mail informing that Rs 10.6 lakh was transferred to his bank account. However the payment did not credit into their accounts, Shahab said.

‘Later in November, they (referring to Azharuddin’s personal assistant )  sent me pictures of a cheque over WhatsApp informing that the cheque was dispatched. But we did not receive the cheque; he added.

Following no response despite repeated requests, Sahab approached the City Chowk police station in Aurangabad and file a complaint. The Maharashtra police booked a case under charges of 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) was registered against the Azharuddin, who is now the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association.

Meanwhile, responding to the case booked against him, Azharuddin took to social networking site and refuted the allegations. In a video released on Twitter,  Azharuddin denied the allegations and termed them as baseless. He further termed it as an act of people those who want to be in the limelight. “I will consult my advocates and after going through the details, I will issue them a defamation notice of  Rs 100 crore,” he said.

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