'Lalit's apology on smoking accepted, matter closed: Bindra

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Mohali, May 27 (UNI) ''There was only a solitary incident of smoking during the ongoing Indian Premier League matches played at the PCA Sadium here,'' said. Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) President Inderjit Singh Bindra. Mr Bindra was referring to the formal complaint lodged by Mohali District Senior Superintendent of Police RS Khatra, with Mohali District Magistrate that IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was smoking on April 25, while sitting in the long room of the PCA which is a public place.

''That was the only incident of smoking in the PCA. As soon as it was pointed out that smoking is prohibited in public place, Lalit Modi immediately put off his cigarette. His apology was accepted and it was considered that matter has been settled,'' said Bindra, who was,however, surprised that the issue has been raised again.

According to the report lodged by the Mohali SSP, a DDR was recorded on April 26 with the Police State Phase 8, Mohali.

Asked whether Ness Wadia, owner of Kings XI Punjab, had allegedly used derogatory language against the administration and the police in particular, Bindra said ''as soon as I was informed about the incident,I reached the spot and what happened among three was confidential.'' Mr Khatra in his complaint, copy of which were also sent to the Home Secretary, Government of Punjab, Director General of Police Punjab,Inspector General of Police Zone I, Patiala and DIG of Patiala Range, had alleged that Ness Wadia had ''shouted that he (Ness) did not want to talk to the mean people'' before leaving the spot in a hush and hush manner.'' It may be recalled that Ness Wadia had alleged that the police staff was involved in selling tickets in black market for the match between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers on May 23.

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