Suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team doctor Madhu Thottappillil on Thursday issued an unconditional apology for his controversial social media post in which he took a dig at the government after the death of Indian soldiers in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh. On Tuesday, after reports came in of Indian casualties during the Galwan Valley clash, Thottappillil deleted a tweet in which he mocked the government. Eventually, he was suspended by the franchise.
Thottappillil took to Twitter on Thursday and offered an apology. He stated, “On June 16th, I had put out a tweet, and after I realized that the words used by me were inappropriate and unintended. I deleted the same. But by then there were screenshots of my tweet being circulated and shared in social media.”
CSK’s team doctor clarified that he had no intention of belittling the Indian PM Narendra Modi’s efforts in fighting the crisis. He said he always respected the efforts of the government in its valiant war on Covid-19 pandemic armed forces and valor of the armed forces standing and fighting under adverse conditions.
Thottappillil said he understands that his post may have hurt sentiments of thousands of people. He explained, “I regret the hurt and anguish I may have caused too many people who read my Tweet and wholeheartedly apologize for the same. I have tweeted inadvertently and mistakenly and it has nothing to do with my association with any individual or organization.”
Thottappillil urged netizens to treat his social media post as an aberration.
He further hoped, “I hope the whole issue is put to an end and the tweet should be treated as an aberration on my part. I once again express my sincere apologies for the unintended and inadvertent remarks made in my earlier tweet.”
CSK, under the leadership of MS Dhoni team doctor’s suspension on Wednesday. The team is owned by former BCCI President N Srinivasan’s India Cements.
A colonel was among the 20 Army personnel killed in the face-off on Monday night, the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La. At that time, India lost around 80 soldiers, while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.