Indian Premier League 2012 May 17, 2012

Shah Rukh Khan in trouble over stadium skirmish

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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has lodged a formal police complaint against Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Bollywood superstar, over an alleged skirmish with security guards following Knight Riders' victory over the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. The MCA will meet to discuss what action is to be taken against Shah Rukh, who has denied being drunk and disorderly.

Late last night, MCA officials went to the Marine Drive Police Station to lodge a police complaint against him. Shah Rukh is being accused of trying to walk on to the field of play after the game. MCA treasurer Ravi Savant told PTI that Shah Rukh had "misbehaved and abused security personnel as well as MCA officials, including our president Vilasrao Deshmukh, after the IPL match. We have decided to ban him for life from entering the stadium in future."

Savant's statements about a life ban for Shah Rukh could not be corroborated with the IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla telling reporters, "I will take the version of the MCA, Shah Rukh Khan and the police before talking about the issue. The decision on the ban is taken by the Working Committee so I will speak to MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh on this. I have to take the version of all the parties involved and then speak."

Shah Rukh, who spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon, denied he had misbehaved or was drunk but said he was reacting to the "obnoxious" and "unpardonable" behaviour of officials at the stadium. He said he had not been present at the match but had gone there after it was over to pick up a large group of his children and their friends.

He said he saw security guards manhandling the children and when he objected a group of officials came over and the altercation started. "I said a few things in anger. I was one and they were 20-25 officials and they were extremely rude. When I tried to answer them, they hid behind others," the actor said. "There was nothing illegal, I was not on the pitch. I know the rules."

Asked about the possibility of a ban by the MCA, Shah Rukh said, "If this is the kind of behaviour meted out to people then I would not go there. There were people rushing at me aggressively. I think it's unpardonable that you manhandle kids in the name of security."

Savant told the news channel Headlines Today that Shah Rukh had tried to enter the stadium "after everything was over" and when asked to leave by the security guard Shah Rukh had "manhandled" him. It was alleged that Shah Rukh was "continuously using foul, filthy language towards officials who tried to pacify him and make him understand." An MCA member who also happened to be an assistant commissioner of police, was also seen trying to silence Shah Rukh.

Savant said all that was left at the moment was to put the proposed ban on paper and get its formalities completed, with a majority support with the MCA. He said that Shah Rukh had come to the ground well after the presentation ceremony and without any accreditation. "He had flouted all the rules", Savant said.

"Some unprovoked incident that took place, and foul language was used," Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer, said. "MCA officials are angry. We will try to find out what has happened. Definitely, the BCCI will look at what the MCA has to say."

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  • Jakir_Hossain on May 20, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    MCA should give punishment to Guard, Not Shahrukh. Sharuk is well known person. owner and great actor.

  • Vinnyvinner on May 19, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @Nipaos yeah it's true but the other way around. Sachin is Rajni and SRK is Sree, for GOD's sake please don't do that comparison again.

  • GSP17 on May 19, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Nipoas, you are correct. On behavioral aspects, Rajini is like sachin and SRK is like sreesanth...

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    I DO NOT THINK SRK SHOULD GET ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT BUT MY BIG QUESTION TO THE LAW ENFORCING AGENCY AND TO THE CRICKET ASSOCIATION IS WHAT IS WRONG IF A TEAM OWNER GOES TO THE FIELD TO CELEBRATE OR FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE WHEN THE MATCH IS OVER. TO ME IT IS A WILFUL ACTION BY POLICE AND THE CRICKET ASSOCIATION TO HUMILIATE THE OWNER OF A TEAM. IT IS AS SIMPLE.

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on May 18, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Nobody asks a question, as to why SRK did not have thisi incident with any other state association or gound ? AMCHI MUMBAI - long live SHIVAJi and the THACKEREYs to guide U

  • dummy4fb on May 18, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Great Job done by .....MCA.

  • ProdigyA on May 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I heard the audio tape and was shocked to hear a person of SRK's stature talk like that. The MCA has done the right thing, not matter who you are, the rules are the same for everybody.

  • dummy4fb on May 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    As much as we understand that celebrities are human too, there cannot be any way around the fact that their behaviorism set a benchmark for many of their fans to follow. I think that it is high time that SRK and all other celebrities woke up to their responsibilities. If they want to be applauded and receive acclaim for their work (whatever that might be) they must take responsibility for the role model that they provide. More often than not the downfall begins with one small episode of brashness and escalates to unforgiving proportions. Dont believe me... Look at Tiger Woods

    Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera and many, many others are all guilty of setting bad examples at one time or another. When will these people wake up to the fact that whatever they do will be copied by countless hundreds, thousands, even millions of people.

  • NP_NY on May 18, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    First, I cannot believe there are people commenting that because SRK is who he is he should be treated differently! Second, SRK the actor is different from SRK the real person. On screen he is this witty nice guy and people just think that is the real person too. Being who SRK is, he has the opporuntity to explain his side of the story (which I don't buy at all) but who is going to give the poor security guard who bravely stood up to him, a chance! To me the security guard is the real hero, SRK is just a poser with a lot of money.

  • Adeel9 on May 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Anyone would use foul language and stuff if you misbehave with children. Besides his kid was hurt in the knee due to officials. So what SRK did was right and anyone whose child had been hurt by guards would do the same.

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