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Legal Clash Over Kashmir Cricket Bat Pitch on Shark Tank India S3

February 8, 2024- In an unexpected twist, Shark Tank India Season 3 faces legal trouble. A pitch involving a Kashmir cricket bat startup sparked controversy. Kashmir’s bat manufacturing industry demands an apology and Rs 100 crore in damages.

The episode aired on January 30 showcased entrepreneurs Saad and Hamad Tramboo of Tramboo Sports, who claimed to be exclusive producers of Kashmir willow cricket bats, securing a substantial Rs 30 lakh deal. However, this pitch has stirred controversy within Kashmir’s bat manufacturing industry, leading to demands for a public apology and Rs 100 crore in damages.

The Kashmiri bat makers, represented by the Cricket Bat Manufacturers Association of Kashmir (CBMAK), have accused Sony Entertainment Televisions of disseminating “wrong, falsified, and incorrect data.” They allege that the episode misrepresented facts about Kashmir willow bats, tarnishing the reputation of the entire industry. A spokesperson for CBMAK declared, “We will not allow anybody to discredit Kashmiri bat makers,” emphasizing the detrimental impact of such misinformation.

Central to the dispute is the claim that the bats showcased by the Tramboo brothers actually belong to a member of the CBMAK. The association insists that Sony Television must rectify the misinformation and issue a public apology during the show itself. A legal notice has been sent to Sony and the two Kashmiri participants, demanding corrective action.

This legal fracas has cast a shadow over the latest season of Shark Tank India, which features new sharks including Ritesh Agarwal, Deepinder Goyal, Azhar Iqubal, Radhika Gupta, Ronnie Screwvala, and Varun Dua. As the controversy unfolds, questions arise regarding the authenticity of pitches and the responsibility of broadcasters in ensuring accurate portrayal of entrepreneurs and their products.

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