New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former cricketer Kirti Azad on Friday compared the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament to a fantastic cinema script, where there are both heroes and villains providing full entertainment to the viewers.
Reacting to reports of Delhi Police arresting Australian player Luke Pomersbach for molesting an Indian-American woman and allegedly beating up her boyfriend at a the Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi, Azad said: "It's a fantastic script of the IPL.
IPL is supposed to be entertainment, so is cinema, which is an entertainment. So, the only thing left in this entertainment of IPL was rape. When you go and watch a cinema, you find a hero, a villain. So, we have seen how smugglers earlier or people used to money launder from here. We have seen how foreign exchange regulations have been violated by the IPL. We have seen one player slapping the other, that's another entertainment."
Expressing apprehension over the fact that the law is not taking its due course in all untoward matters related to the IPL, Azad said: "We have seen money-laundering case, then we have seen how people are ready to spot-fix, that is spot fixing. Now, the rape has come into it. And, there are so many things, you have got full 'masala', it's full entertainment, a very good cinema can come out of it. If somebody wants to give me a role in it, even of a villain, I am ready to take it, because I think nobody better would enact that."
"And they are above the law, so they don't even have to go to the police. I suppose they tried their best that the Australian lady on whom an attempt to rape had taken place that don't go to the police, but she did. So, it's a beautiful story, the real IPL we are seeing. And, it is unfortunate they are above the law," he added.
Azad further informed that he would be sitting on an agitation beginning this Sunday to throw light on the untoward matters linked to the IPL, which is hurting the reputation of the prestigious game of cricket.
"I am going to sit on a 'dharna' from the 20th of this month against the association in Delhi and also against Delhi Police and also against all that we see in the IPL. I am sitting on this dharna from Sunday. And I shall be there with all the papers in English and in Hindi," he said.
Delhi Police had earlier today arrested Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Pomersbach for allegedly misbehaving with the woman in the bar of the hotel.
According to reports, Pomersbach allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the IPL after-match party. A case of molestation and hurt has been registered against him. (ANI)