A member of the IBL Governing Council, on conditions of anonymity, has revealed that the IBL Chairman, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, who is also the President of Badminton Association of India (BAI) and a sitting Rajya Sabha MP from Lucknow, has banned his son-in-law from watching any of the matches live.
Although Dr. Das Gupta was not available for any comments, our Lucknow bureau got in touch with Mrs. Das Gupta at their Lucknow residence.
“Yes, that’s correct. Our son-in-law has been asked to stay indoors till the IBL gets over. He is currently staying with us and is not allowed to watch the matches even on TV. My husband has also ensured that he meets no one and he is not even allowed to use his phone. He has been spending his time playing on my son’s Play Station throughout the day,” complained a seemingly annoyed Mrs. Das Gupta.
While seeking inputs on what could be the possible reason to trigger such a decision by Dr. Das Gupta, the same Governing Council member confirmed, “Dr. Das Gupta got to know from Faking News that the IBL has been opened for betting and match-fixing and so decided to get his son-in-law under cover, in advance.” He even confirmed that Dr. Das Gupta has also sought anticipatory bail, in case he is named in the betting racket.
In the meantime, IBL has approached Mr. Navjot Singh Siddhu to do a voice over for them, which would be played at the end of every 21-point game during the matches. It would have Mr. Siddhu saying, ‘O Chak de phatte, nap de killi, raat nu jalandar, sawere dilli’. This would be interspersed with his signature laughter. This, the IBL organisers feel, would make the tournament more popular and should help them in drawing a bigger crowd in future matches.