Sachin Tendulkar Says Medical Emergency Kept Him Away From Parliament

Sachin Tendulkar came for criticism for his absence from Rajya Sabha but the legendary cricketer clarified that he never meant to disrespect the institution.

updated: August 08, 2014 20:27 IST
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File photo of Sachin Tendulkar en route to the parliament, taken on June 4


New Delhi: Under attack over his absence from Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday that there was a medical emergency that kept him away from Delhi and that he did not mean disrespect to any institution.

"My absence in Delhi has been discussed rather too much. I don't mean to disrespect any institution", he said hours after members in Rajya Sabha raked up his prolonged absence from the House and demanded his participation in its business. (Read: Sachin Tendulkar under fire for absence from parliament)

Speaking at a sports function in Vigyan Bhawan not far away from Parliament, he said when he was back from England he wanted to be in Delhi.

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