The Indian Premier League completed a successful decade last year. In its glorious journey of 10 years, the cash-rich tournament has seen a fair share of controversies.
These controversies are not just restricted to conflicts between players like Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, or Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth, but also owners of the IPL teams, who have been involved in a few controversies for various reasons.
Here we recall 5 such IPL owners who were embroiled in controversies in the tournament.
#1 Ness Wadia – IPL 2009
The incident happened during the second edition of the tournament held in South Africa. Co-owners of Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman were beaten up black and blue after it was reported that Mohit kept poking a lady spectator with a flagpole.
It was later learnt that the lady was the daughter-in-law of Ajay Gupta, owner of the Sahara Group. The police and private security staff of Sahara group thrashed the two co-owners in the VIP box. Later, the then-IPL chairman Lalit Modi sorted out the matter between both the parties.
Wadia was involved in another similar controversy when his ex-girlfriend Preity Zinta accused him of molesting her. In a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner, the Kings owner alleged that Wadia was violent with her and would even lock her up in rooms.