New Delhi:IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Monday rubbished reports of Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar having a stake in his franchise, calling them "absurd".
After Pawar reportedly admitted to having 0.05 per cent shares in the United Breweries Group, the owner of RCB, Mallya ridiculed suggestions that having stake in his company amounted to being a part owner of the IPL team.
"Mr Pawar is just being transparent because then the media would say he has stake in another IPL team," said Mallya referring to recent reports of Pawar's involvement in a failed bid for the Pune IPL team.
"This is pushing the limits of absurdity," he told reporters.
Pawar and his Parliamentarian daughter Supriya Sule are in the dock for not revealing their over 16 per cent equity in a Pune-based real estate firm which made a failed bid for the Pune IPL team.
Mallya felt a mountain was being made out of a molehill.
"If we follow this logic then every shareholder of United Breweries would be the owner of RCB because the company belongs to the shareholders. What's wrong with that? he asked.
"To say that he has a clandestine stake is downright absurd," he said.
Asked whether he won the RCB bid with Pawar's help, he said, "I did not require anyone's help."
On the controversies dogging the IPL, Mallya said it was time to "focus on cricket" and forget all petty controversies."
Mallya said the series of allegations and counter-allegations was "bordering on insanity".
"Both Lalit Modi and BCCI should cool down, listen to each other and study each other's replies and act judiciously", he suggested.