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Sachin granted leave

Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi, Aug. 11: Sachin Tendulkar’s request to skip the rest of Parliament’s ongoing session has been granted by the Rajya Sabha.

The cricketer has cited “professional and personal commitments and family exigencies” in his leave request.

Many Rajya Sabha members criticised Sachin for “disrespect to the House” when deputy chairman P.J. Kurien read out his request.

Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party said Sachin had attended an event at Vigyan Bhavan last Friday but skipped the House. “Members are unanimous that he has no respect for the House,” he said.

Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said no one should be allowed to remain absent.

Kurien, however, ruled out any “disrespect”, saying no member could object to another remaining on leave.

“His leave application has been received. We have to take it at face value, as we are not here to probe the veracity of itů. Leave is granted."

Last Friday, there had been an uproar over Sachin’s continuing absence from the House. The cricketer had then said he was unable to attend because his elder brother, Ajit, had had a bypass surgery.

Since his nomination in April 2012, Sachin has shown up in the Rajya Sabha only three times.