IIT land for academy controversy: Tendulkar 'appalled' over 'fiction' story

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Mumbai, Dec 28: Former India captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has denied a media report which suggested that he had asked for land in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to open his academy.

Tendulkar, who is now a Rajya Sabha MP, took to Twitter to clarify that he was "appalled" to see such a story of "fiction". He said the report was not true.

Sachin Tendulkar has clarified on land controversy

A report in "The Times of India" today said there was pressure from human resource development ministry on IIT Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar to provide IIT ground for a cricket academy to be opened by Tendulkar.

The report said, due to this pressure, the director had resigned with more than two years before the end of his term.

Reacting to this news, Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter page, "I am appalled to read the stories that suggest some land has been asked from IIT-D for academy in my name."

"I have not even planned any academy neither do I want any piece of land for any purpose," he added in another tweet.

"Wish that basic facts are checked from me before publishing such fiction using my name," he further wrote.

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