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UB Group withdraws controversial Bhajji ad

The Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group on Friday decided to withdraw the controversial advertisement which showed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni "mocking" at Harbhajan Singh's look-alike, which had prompted the spinner to slap a legal notice against the group.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2011 01:16 AM IST

The Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group on Friday decided to withdraw the controversial advertisement which showed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni "mocking" at Harbhajan Singh's look-alike, which had prompted the spinner to slap a legal notice against the group.

The UB Group said that it has taken a decision to replace the ad "in the interest of the game of cricket" and fearing that the commercial could be misused by vested interests to further their own agenda.

"This gesture (to replace the ad) of Dr Mallya is based on the larger national cricketing interests, particularly at time when the Indian Team is engaged in a crucial cricket test series in the United Kingdom," a statement from the group said.

The UB group through legal counsel responded to the notice received by them from the advocates for Avtar Kaur, mother of Harbhajan Singh.

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