IPL 2021: Days after tweeting about the importance of wearing a mask to protect from COVID-19 infection, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rahul Tripathi has been fined for not wearing one. Tripathi was allegedly moving around in a car without wearing a mask in Pune’s Kondhwa when he was stopped by police and fined.
As per Maharashtra’s COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, people should wear a mask even when inside their own car. Rahul Tripathi was issued Rs 500 fine when he was found in violation of the norms in Khadi Machine Chowk. The incident took place when Pune police were carrying out a routine inspection in the area. They penalized many for violating COVID-19 norms and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rahul Tripathi was one of them.
— Rahul Tripathi (@tripathirahul52) May 21, 2021
“The cricketer Tripathi was not wearing a face mask and was driving around without any reason during the lockdown. There were some other persons in the car,” senior inspector Sardar Patil of Kondhwa police station told Indian Express. According to police, around noon, Tripathi was seen driving a car in Kondhwa.
Police sub-inspector Santosh Sonawane from the Kondhwa police station told Hindustan Times that the cricketer was found not wearing a mask when they stopped him. “At the checkpoint, we saw a man in a four-wheeler without a mask. When we stopped him, he told us that he was a well-known personality. We told him that he had violated the rules and had to pay a fine to which he agreed and paid ₹500 and went away,” he said.
Rahul Tripathi was in fine form for Kolkata Knight Riders before the tournament was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He scored 187 runs from 7 matches with a strike rate of 135.50. He was also named Maharasthra captain before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020.