Mumbai: Police on Thursday began an inquiry into the alleged scuffle between Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and Mumbai Cricket Association officials at Wankhede Stadium here.

The inquiry was ordered after a written complaint was on Thursday filed by Joint Secretary of Mumbai Cricket Association, Nitin Dalal, with Marine Drive police station.

According to Assistant Police Commissioner Iqbal Shaikh, police reached the stadium last night soon after they were informed about the alleged misbehaviour of Khan with MCA officials.

Police took away Khan immediately from the spot and diffused the tension, he said.

"We were told that Khan had entered the ground with some children after the match was over. When security guards objected, the actor allegedly manhandled guards and used abusive language against officials of MCA, Cricket Board, security guards and a woman who is yet to be identified, said ACP Shaikh."

"We were also informed that the actor was under the influence of alcohol," the ACP said adding "even I could smell alcohol while taking away Khan in a vehicle to another place outside the stadium."

Shaikh said inquiry into the incident was on and police would record the statement of witnesses. He, however, refused to comment when asked if the actor would be called for questioning.

He parried a question whether Khan would be subjected to medical test to determine if he was under the influence of liquor.

Khan was on Thursday banned for life from Wankhede Stadium after getting into an alleged scuffle with MCA officials at the Stadium. But there was confusion over whether the actor has actually been banned with IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla saying a final decision on the matter would only be taken after getting the version of all the involved parties.

"I will take the version of the MCA, Shah Rukh Khan and the police before talking about the issue," he told reporters in New Delhi.

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Meanwhile, Iqbal Sheikh, Mumbai assistant commissioner of police (ACP), confirmed on Thursday that film star and Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan was in a drunken state when he was involved in a late Wednesday night brawl at the Wankhede Stadium here.
   
"Shah Rukh was drunk. He was smelling of alcohol but he was not drinking at the Wankhede stadium. But it is not an offence. He was also abusing and threatening the MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) and BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) officials," said Sheikh, who had to intervene on Wednesday night to prevent the incident from turning ugly.

Shah Rukh got into a brawl with MCA and BCCI officials after his team defeated Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday night. Shah Rukh and his entourage, comprising Morani brothers, wanted to celebrate after the presentation ceremony but he was not allowed to do so.

What irked Shah Rukh was that MCA officials switched off the flood lights. Sheikh, who is also member of the MCA managing committee, was present at the ground on match duty and had to rush to prevent the situation from turning ugly.

"I took him out and separated him because the incident was turning ugly. While being taken away he was showering abuses on MCA and BCCI officials. We are investigating the matter," said Sheikh.
Asked if Shah Rukh was provoked by MCA officials, Sheikh said, "We are not concerned about the provocation. We are only concerned about the act. "The MCA is reportedly considering slapping a life ban on Shah Rukh Khan.

(JPN/Agencies)

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