SRK, Warne and now Modi flout smoking laws

Published: Monday, May 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Chandigarh: Another controversy has erupted in the ongoing DLF Indian Premier League as the Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Ranbir Singh Khatra has alleged that IPL chairman Lalit Modi was found flouting smoking laws during the league tie between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers on April 25.

In his report to the District Magistrate, the Mohali SSP said: ''It is pertinent to mention that on April 25, Lalit Modi, IPL Commissioner, was smoking while sitting in the long room which is a public place. The Mohali Phase VIII SHO Sub-Inspector Dalbir Singh requested him not to smoke in the public place. Accordingly DDR No. 35, dated April 26, 2008 was recorded.''

The Mohali SSP also alleged that the ''whole series of these IPL matches have been marred with accusations of racial discrimation, use of liquor and flouting of smoking laws.''

Khatra further alleged that the IPL had been 'engaged in crass commercial activities'. It was, therefore, inevitable that they be charged with services rendered by the Punjab Police.

''Consequently, a bill of services rendered by the police so far to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is being dispatched separately so as to effect the recovery of the same before ensuring of the next match which is slated for May 28.''

Earlier Kolkata Knight Riders owner SRK and Warne were also found violating the smoking laws in cricket stadiums.


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