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Don’t harass me on slapgate: Modi

Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi on Friday asked the media not to harass him over the ‘slapgate’ issue between S Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh. The ‘slap-gate’ happened in 2008 when Sreesanth, playing for Kings XI Punjab, was slapped by the then Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh. Subsequently, the off-spinner was banned for the remainder of the tournament.

‘Media channels, please stop harassing me for a byte. Let me enjoy my weekend. I have said what need to via my twitter feed. I have not taken any media calls on this and will not do so. Whatever needs to be said will be here or my blog on this issue,’ Modi tweeted.

‘It’s a sensitive issue. & shld B treated as such. Parties involved have bn punished. i’m sure they realise thr mistakes. We move on. I have the only copy of slap gate video. Will examine whether to release or not in next few weeks,’ he added.


Claiming that he has got the only copy of ‘slapgate’ video, Lalit Modi on Friday claimed that the BCCI had not made the footage of the incident public on the suggestion of vice-president Arun Jaitley and said he would now consider releasing it. ‘The idea of not releasing the vid in public was Arun Jaitley’s at that time. We accepted wht he said. But let me re-examine its release now. Yes I have the only copy of slap gate video. Will examine whether to release or not in the next few weeks,’ Modi wrote on his Twitter page.

Five years after the infamous ‘slapgate’, S Sreesanth, on Friday made an explosive claim, saying the entire incident was pre-planned and that his former India teammate Harbhajan Singh was a ‘backstabbing person.’

Modi also contradicted Sreesanth’s version that he was not slapped but elbowed by Harbhajan. ‘I was at the match in mohali. And saw the incident. And saw the footage too. So there zero chance of ambiguity whether slap or elbow.? What has been said by Sudhir Nanavati is correct,’ he said.
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