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Defiant Shah Rukh wants apology, says was provoked

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2012 01:25 IST

As Act 2 of the Wankhede stadium scuffle opened Thursday, actor Shah Rukh Khan remained the angry not-so-young-man “wronged” by officials.

“I was one and they were 20-25 officials and they were extremely rude. They should apologise to me. They were extremely high-handed,” the Kolkata Knight Riders’ owner told mediapersons, denying he was drunk.

The police have started a probe into the incident. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which manages the Wankhede, is to hold an emergency meeting Friday. A majority of the members want the actor banned from the stadium for his “abusive behaviour”.

Khan got into a brawl with the MCA officials at the Wankhede late Wednesday after they objected to a group of children, including his daughter, entering the ground after the IPL game between KKR and hosts Mumbai Indians. KKR had won the match.

The actor claimed he was provoked when some children complained they were "manhandled" by the security staff. The MCA denied the charge and said the securitymen had only asked the children to vacate the ground as the flood-lights were switched off.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/18_05-pg-01a.jpg

The Mumbai Police registered a non-cognisable offence — in which arrest is not made — against Khan and three others on the complaint of MCA treasurer Ravi Sawant. The complaint, says the actor, who was drunk, abused security guard Vikas Dalvi and officials.

“He was smelling of alcohol, and he continued to abuse MCA officials on his way out,” Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police, Colaba division, who escorted the actor out of the stadium after the fracas, said.

The complaint also says Khan used foul language against a girl who greeted him simply because she was not a KKR fan.

Shah Rukh, who called a press conference at his home, said he was angry but not drunk. He accused MCA officials of abusing him and alleged that they had "manhandled children" who were accompanying him.

Ruling out an apology, he said it was the MCA which owed him one for the rude behaviour of its officials. He said a ban would make no difference to him.

"We would be happy if he does not come to the Wankhede again. If he doesn't understand discipline is important, he should not come," Sawant said.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said a decision on the ban would be taken only after giving a hearing out to all parties. "I will take the version of the MCA, Shah Rukh Khan and the police before talking about the issue," he said.

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