17. Rauf’s local phone number and sim card is said to have provided to him by Sanjay Chhabra, a well-known bookie, for whom Taneja was working.
During one of those calls, Rauf is believed to have asked for ‘birthday gifts’ from Vindoo. According to the police transcripts, Rauf told Vindoo: “Do you know my birthday is coming up?” to which the actor replied: “Asadbhai, don’t worry, we will take care of it. I will convey the message to Pawanbhai (Pawan Jaipur, a bookie).”
Rauf had refuted allegations of accepting gifts from bookies. “Let them prove something. I mean, if it was the case that I have taken a favour or a gift or money was given to me...You got to prove allegations,” Rauf had said.
Mumbai police have not been able to interrogate Rauf in as he fled the country soon after reports of his alleged involvement surfaced.