It has been reported that Tiger Pataudi killed a Blackbuck and then absconded as a fugitive. He finally surrendered only when the case was transferred from the criminal court to a Special Environment court, where he would face lighter sentence. The Founder Chairman PFA Haryana, Naresh Kadyan, whistle blower in this case was also booked by Jhajjar Police for no reason but he moved a public interest litigation before High Court, Chandigarh and got transferred this case from Jhajjar to Faridabad.
In an other case in 1997, Pataudi and his wife Sharmila Tagore were booked when they shot some 100 migratory birds in Kashmir's Hokersar wetland.
It was also reported that despite the ban on bird hunting, the wetland of the valley had been opened for the Pataudis as they were the royal guests of the then chief minister of Jammu Kashmir - Farooq Abdullah. The government was also criticised when it was found that the then Housing and Urban Minister Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari had escorted the couple in their venture.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was shifted to ICU after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital following a lung infection and died on Thursday, Sept 22. Pataudi was admitted to the hospital in the end of Aug 2011 and was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, a medical condition where the oxygen passage to lungs is less than normal.
Pataudi was born in Bhopal on 5 Jan 1941 and was famously called Tiger. He played 46 Tests for India scoring 2,793 runs with 203 being his highest score. He married Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore on 27 Dec 1969 and is survived by three children; Saif Ali Khan, Bollywood actor; Soha Ali Khan, actress and Saba Ali Khan, a jewellery designer by profession.
Sharmila, with all children and close family friends Kareena Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor, showed a spirit of royalness while bidding Tiger Pataudi their final farewell on Friday.