Kings XI Punjab find themselves in the dock. Hours before their first match, an NGO here filed a criminal complaint against them.
Chandigarh-based NGO Global Human Rights Council (GHRC) raised serious objections on the publishing of some freedom fighters’ photographs in the team’s advertisements and filed a complaint with Mohali police chief Gurpreet Singh Bhullar. The team offered an apology immediately and said the offending advertisements would be removed.
“They have hurt the feelings of millions of Indians by using the image of our freedom fighters to promote their franchisee team, which is totally driven by profits. These freedom fighters are not at all related to the game of cricket,” GHRC president Arvind Thakur said.
“We will also file a criminal case against them in the court.”
Acting on the complaint, Mohali police have asked the superintendent of police (detective) to probe the matter.
However, in damage control mode, Kings XI Punjab offered an apology and said that they did not mean to hurt anybody's sentiments. Preity Zinta, chairperson and promoter of Kings XI Punjab said, “We apologise to the people if their sentiments have been hurt.”