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Like son, like father

New Delhi, May 18: One of Siddharth Mallya’s tweets on the Luke Pomersbach molestation case today came under criticism from the National Commission for Women, but he and his father Vijay Mallya defended the Twitter post.

Commission chairperson Mamata Sharma said the panel would take up the matter of Siddharth’s tweet, which appeared to question the character of the American woman who has accused Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer Pomersbach of molesting her and beating up her Indian fiance.

Siddharth, the RCB team director, however, told reporters he was merely “stating the truth”. His father Vijay, industrialist and owner of the franchise, said his son was not a child and had merely tweeted his impressions about the “lady’s conduct”.

“She was all over me last night and asked for my bbm (Blackberry Messenger) pin, so if he was her fiance, she wasn’t exactly behaving like a future wife,” Siddharth tweeted this morning.

He further tweeted: “If luke is in the wrong, then trust me he will face the necessary sanctions. But what this girl is doing is idiotic.”

Siddharth later said he was not questioning her character but merely stating a fact. “I am merely stating the truth. I don’t take any comments back. I don’t think it is derogatory because I heard that the lady is speaking about beating up her fiance. The guy was not exactly her fiance,” he told NDTV.

“Luke is my player and RCB is like one family. So I would of course try and protect my player. But I maintain that I haven’t spoken to him yet.”

Later, questioned on the tweet, Siddharth lost his cool and told a journalist: “Don’t touch me.” When the journalist told him he should not abuse the media, he opened the door of his car and said: “I abuse you.”

Siddharth, however, promised all cooperation to the investigators.

Asked if his son’s tweets were appropriate, Vijay told NDTV: “He is not a child. He can defend himself. He said what he said. Twitter is a global forum and he has been tweeting for a while and he has his set of followers.”

He, however, made it clear that Pomersbach would not play as long as the investigations were on.