It seems that only the good part of the IPL is shown to people on Television. While the Punjab XI team was beating Deccan Chargers in Johannesburg on Sunday, co-owners of the team, Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman, were being thrashed in the VIP box by the police and private security staff of influential South African industrialist Ajay Gupta.

Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia

It is believed that in the hospitality section of the Wanderers, a drunken Burman, scion of the Dabur family, got into an altercation with a lady spectator. He repeatedly kept butting her with the flagpole of a Punjab XI pennant. Burman, it seems, wanted her to move from his periphery but she adamantly stood her ground. As Burman’s flagbutting grew more obscene, the woman who happened to be the daughter-in-law of Ajay Gupta, owner of one of South Africa’s biggest conglomerates, the Sahara Group, and a friend of the new South African President Jacob Zuma, called in her guards. Together the guards and the police posted in the stadium thrashed Burman and Ness Wadia who had ill-advisedly tried to take his friend’s side and defend him.

In the chaos that followed, Ajay Gupta threatened to file a complaint with the police and have both Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman deported for improper conduct. IPL chairman Lalit Modi who knows Gupta well had to intervene and prevent him from taking the matter to official channels and turning it into an international scandal. Modi also told Gupta about Wadia and Burman’s affluent background and assured him that the men were not known to indulge in improper conduct.

Further, Modi, like some weary dad, set up a meeting at Gupta’s residence at Saxon Estate and insisted that Wadia and Burman go there, apologise and resolve the matter before IPL was faced with greater embarrassment. The media officer for Johannesburg police superintendent Eugene Opperman confirmed the incident. “Yes, there was a brawl but now the IPL is looking into the matter,” is all he would say.

On Monday while Preity Zinta’s ex-boyfriend was conspicuously missing, presumably nursing his many injuries, we saw Mohit Burman in the hotel foyer with a livid black eye. He confirmed the news saying, “Yes, there was a fight and security guards had to intervene and I did receive some blows from members of the Gupta family who I didn’t know before the fight. As it happens in these kind of brawls, Ness and I were hit. I have a black eye, but it’s not as big as it is being made out to be. I am going to Durban now where my team plays there next match. Everything is fine.”

However, Burman had a slightly different version of the events. According to him it wasn’t a drunken brawl. “I was waving my team flag and wanted a lady who was in the adjacent box to do the same. She refused that saying that they are not Punjab supporters. Some misunderstanding happened and the security guys with Gupta started hitting us. Police came and stopped them. Nothing more.”

Source: Big Oye

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