Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has sent a legal notice to Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group over an advertisement of McDowell’s No. 1 Platinum featuring his team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The ad showed Dhoni making fun of Harbhajan’s role in a commercial for rival Pernod Ricard’s Royal Stag.McDowell’s and Royal Stag are the competing whiskey brands.
Harbhajan’s lawyers, Dewani Advocates and Consultants, have served a legal notice stating that the McDowell’s No. 1 Platinum commercial makes a mockery of Harbhajan, his family and the Sikh community.
The legal notice seeks an “unconditional public apology to Bhajji’s family in all widely read newspapers as well as television channels prominently” and withdrawal of the commercial within three days of receiving it.
“My client is serving you with the instant notice to give you an opportunity to accept your mistake and make amends. Failing this, we will have no other alternative than to take appropriate legal action including that of filing proceedings for defamation, damages and all such civil as well as criminal actions,” said the notice, signed by lawyer Shyam Dewani.