Gautam Gambhir, after quitting cricket last year, has joined politics. He is currently fighting the elections from Delhi for BJP. On Thursday, Gautam Gambhir faced probably the first big speed-breaker of his political career. A candidate of Aam Aadmi Party, Atishi accused Gambhir of distributing pamphlets which had some derogatory comments about her and on her personal life.
After these accusations were made against the former cricketer, his then teammates immediately came to his rescue, supporting Gambhir completely. Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman came in support of Gambhir on Sunday, when he tweeted his shock about those allegations.
Shocked to hear about yesterday's developments. Having known @GautamGambhir for nearly 2 decades, I can vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 10, 2019
Next in line were Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. They too came in support and tweeted about how shocked they were to see their teammate being accused of something like this.
I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill for any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 10, 2019
Purely talking about the man I know @GautamGambhir he won’t disrespect women
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 10, 2019
As for Gambhir himself, he has denied all these accusations. On the other end, he has even sent a defamation notice to the Aam Aadmi Party. Gambhir has gone on to accuse the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who called him ‘filth’, of being behind this unsigned pamphlet titled ‘Atishi Marlena – Know your Candidate.’
The police have been informed to file an FIR by the East Delhi returning officer K Mahesh.
“The pamphlet has not been signed by anyone but it’s definitely some mischief-mongering. I’ve told him (DCP) that prima facie it is a case of defamation,” said Mahesh.
The police have also reportedly received a notice from the Delhi Commission of Women, asking for the details of action taken in the matter by Saturday.