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Not violated lockdown guidelines by playing cricket: Manoj Tiwari

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Under fire for allegedly violating lockdown rules and social distancing norms by playing cricket, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has denied any wrongdoing. Speaking to a news agency, Tiwari said he went for the game only after the Union home ministry allowed the stadiums to reopen.

“I have always followed social distancing, lockdown norms. MHA permitted the opening of stadiums without spectators. Based on that, I went there and played. All norms were followed,” he said.

The images from the match showed Tiwari playing cricket at an academy in Sheikhpura of Sonipat district in Haryana. He lives in Delhi.

In one of the images, he can be seen, without a mask, and sitting right next to another person. He was also seen addressing a group of at least 10 people, standing in close proximity, without masks.

After the images went viral, sub-divisional magistrate, Sonipat Ashutosh Rajan issued a notice to the owner of the stadium.

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