Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was today banned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) from entering the Wankhede Stadium for five years. This decision was taken after Shah Rukh was involved in a scuffle with MCA security personnel and officals on Wednesday night.
MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh said the MCA managing committee had taken an unamnimous decision, and added there is no question of overturning the ban. He said, "Shah Rukh's behaviour was not proper and was against rules."
Though Shah Rukh had said he got involved because children were being manhandled by security personnel, Deshmukh said there have been no complaints of the actor's kids being manhandled. "We have not received any complaint from Shah Rukh Khan yet. He is unapologetic and justified his actions."
"We will also genuinely look into the matter if Shah Rukh lodges a complaint regarding the same," he added.
Deshmukh said the ban on Shah Rukh is a message for everyone and said MCA has also written to the Indian cricket board on the ban. He added the incident was more serious since it took place on the pitch.
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Asked why no committee was set up to probe the incident, Deshmukh said that majority of members were present during the brawl and they were all witness to the incident.
"As most committee members were present during the brawl, they were all witness to the entire episode and hence there was no need to set up a committee to investigate the incident," he said.
According to the resolution passed by MCA after an hour-long meeting, Shah Rukh will not be able to enter Wankhede Stadium for five years "neither as a team owner not as a member of the audience".
Deshmukh said a complaint has been registered in Mumbaia's Marine Drive Police Station by the MCA officials and that the police is investigating the matter.
"There was a proposal of a lifetime ban, but we wanted to send a message that this is not how one should behave, so we decided on a 5-year ban," Deshmukh said. He added the BCCI's decision on the matter is not in the MCA's hands.
IPL chief Rajiv Shukla told reporters, "In my view, the MCA can only recommend, the BCCI will take a final call."
The police had filed a non-cognisable offence against Shah Rukh over Wednesday's scuffle at the Wankhede stadium.
On Wednesday night, Shah Rukh and his bodyguards were stopped from stepping on to the ground after the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders ended.
Yesterday, MCA secretary Ravi Savant said Shah Rukh had an altercation with the security personnel as well as Deshmukh. "He (Shah Rukh) misbehaved and abused the MCA security personnel aswell as MCA officials, including our president Vilasrao Deshmukh, after the IPL match (between KKR and Mumbai Indians). We have decided to ban him for life from entering the stadium in future," Savant was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. He also alleged that Shah Rukh was in an inebriated state.
Savant also said the MCA would lodge a police complaint against Shah Rukh. "The MCA security personnel told them they cannot do so as the match was over which led to Shah Rukh abusing them as well as the MCA officials. There was manhandling too by his people. We have decided to ban him from all future matches at the stadium. We are also going to lodge a police complaint against him," said Savant.
In his response yesterday afternoon, Shah Rukh told reporters, "I wasn’t drunk. It is wrong to say I was under the influence of alcohol. pick up my children. The officials were extremely aggressive. I just got angry but I left after that. 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. I was being bullied. Banning my entry to the Wankhede will not make a difference to my life."
"They should apologise to me. My only clarification is they should look into their association and learn how to behave. Under the garb of security rules they cannot behave highhandedly with people and especially with children. You can’t physically manhandle children. They manhandled little girls."