Harbhajan Singh, who is known for his no-holds-barred approach both on and off the field, has once again shot down a bizarre allegation made by former high-profile IPS officer from Gujarat, Sanjiv Bhatt.
Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, is known for taking on the then Chief Minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Bhatt had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, claiming that he had attended a meeting at Modi's residence in Gandhinagar on February 27, 2002, during which the Chief Minister had instructed the top police officers to allow the Hindus "to vent out their anger" after the train-burning incident at Godhra earlier that month.
However, his claim was rejected by the apex-court appointed Special Investigation Team, which probe nine major incidents related to the post-Godhra riots.
Recently, in a bizarre allegation, Bhatt questioned the lack of Muslim players in the Indian cricket team.
Bhatt tweeted saying, "Are there any Muslim players in the Indian cricket team? From Independence till now, how many times has it happened that the Indian cricket team has not had a Muslim member? Have Muslims stopped playing cricket or have selectors started following someone else's rule?"
क्या इस समय भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम में कोई मुस्लिम खिलाड़ी है ?
आज़ादी से आज तक ऐसा कितनी बार हुआ कि भारत की क्रिकेट... https://t.co/Nb6ufi71qX— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) October 22, 2017
Bhatt's tweet riled up many, including offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who did enough to shut him down.
"Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians are all brothers. Every member of the Indian cricket team is an Indian and no one should question their colour or race," Harbhajan replied to him.
हिंदू मुस्लिम सिख ईसाई आपस में है भाई। क्रिकेट टीम में खेलने वाला हर खिलाड़ी हिंदुस्तानी है उसकी जात या रंग की बात नहीं होनी चाहिए (जय भारत) https://t.co/UVvSHaLJdY— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 23, 2017
Interestingly, Bhatt's unnecessary tweet came a day before the the team selection for the upcoming New Zealand T20Is and the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Rookie fast bowler from Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj, was named in the T20I squad and Mohammed Shami, who has been a preferred choice, has found his name in the Test team which will play Sri Lanka.