Bollywood superstar and co- owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Shahrukh Khan, faces the possibility of a life ban against entering Wankhede Stadium after a police complaint was lodged against him by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
MCA officials took this drastic action after the KKR owner was said to have been involved in a skirmish with security guards at the Wankhede after the end of Wednesday’s game with Mumbai Indians that KKR won. The nature of punitive action to be taken against Shahrukh will be the agenda of a special meeting planned by the MCA.
MCA officials filed a formal complaint at the Marine Drive police station late on Wednesday night; in the complaint they charged the actor with trying to invade the ground after the match. According to MCA secretary, Ravi Sawant, the KKR co-owner had vituperated against MCA officials and security personnel alike when the security officials tried to prevent him from entering the field of play. Shahrukh had not spared even the MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh as a target of his abuse, Sawant said, adding that a life ban was being planned to prevent Sharukh’s entry into the stadium in the future.
However, Rajeev Shukla, chairman of the IPL governing council, refused to comment on Sawant’s statement about a possible life ban for the KKR owner, when he spoke to reporters on the issue. Shukla said he would consider the versions of all parties involved, the MCA, the police and the co-owner of KKR before proceeding further on the matter. He added that any decision on a life ban would have to be taken by the MCA’s working committee and that he would confer with Vilasrao Deshmukh on the issue. Meanwhile, in an interview with NDTV, MCA secretary, Nitin Dalal, reiterated the plan to impose a life ban on Shahrukh.
Another TV channel, Headlines Today, was told by MCA secretary Savant that the KKR co-owner had manhandled the security guard who tried to prevent him from entering the stadium after the match with MI. Savant claimed that Shahrukh had also used the filthiest abuse against MCA personnel who tried in vain to placate him. These personnel also included an assistant commissioner of police, Sawant added.
According to Savant, all that remained was to document the ban proposal on paper and ratify it with majority support in the MCA meeting; Savant reiterated that hahrukh had arrived at the Wankhede after the presentation ceremony, and tried to gain entry, flouting “the rules”.
BCCI’s chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, said he had heard about an unprovoked incident in which foul language had been employed. The indicent had angered MCA officials, he added while stating that BCCI would try to get all the facts of the matter before deciding on its next course of action, if any.
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