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My name is Khan, so what?

Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan faced the prospect of being banned from Wankhede Stadium after an alleged scuffle with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials as the IPL was rocked by fresh controversy on Thursday.

MCA’s managing committee will meet today for emergency meeting, where a final decision will be taken on a proposal to ban Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium, as both parties accused each other of misbehaviour that provoked the brawl.

Khan categorically denied that he was drunk and claimed that the scuffle broke out after MCA officials manhandled his kids whom he had come to pick after the IPL match. The MCA officials, who have lodged a police complaint against the actor, however, gave a different version. ‘The president [Vilasrao Deshmukh] has asked us to convene the MCA managing committee meeting urgently on Friday. The proposal to ban Shah Rukh Khan will be the only item on agenda,’ said MCA secretary Nitin Dalal.

The Bollywood star had an altercation with the security staff and MCA officials after KKR’s thumping victory, according to MCA treasurer Ravi Savant. ‘He misbehaved and abused MCA 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,’ said Savant, alleging that the actor was in a totally inebriated state.

The Mumbai Police has filed a case of non-cognisable offence against Khan.

He has been earlier part of controversies of smoking during an IPL match and hitting the director Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder.


‘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.'


Police on Thursday began an inquiry into the alleged scuffle between Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials at Wankhede Stadium. The inquiry was ordered after a written complaint was filed on Thursday by MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal with the Mumbai Police.


IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said that a final decision on MCA banning Shah Rukh would be taken after getting the version of all parties concerned. ‘I will take the version of MCA, Shah Rukh Khan and the police before talking about the issue. I will speak to MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh on this. I must take the version of all the parties involved,’ he said.


Shah Rukh Khan hit back at MCA on Thursday, saying he was not drunk during the alleged brawl and he got into the spat only after kids with him were ‘manhandled’. ‘I was not drunk, I had gone to pick up my children. The officials were extremely aggressive. I just got angry but I left after that. When I tried to answer them, they hid behind others,’ Khan said.


BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad came in support of Shah Rukh Khan, saying that cricket officials were targeting him to divert attention from IPL spot fixing issue. ‘It’s hard to believe Shah Rukh was drunk. I think this is a ploy by BCCI to hide the spot-fixing issue. BCCI has double standards. Why do they want police probe?’ he asked.
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