A live news debate on CNN News 18 with Shehzad Poonawalla, the secretary of the Maharashtra Congress and Tarek Fatah, Pakistan-born Canadian activist took an ugly turn when the two guests got involved in a heated argument which almost escalated into a fight. The host, Bhupendra Chaubey had to intervene to calm things down.

In the video, Shehzad Poonawalla tells Fatah that the only place he has been to is a “mental asylum” and accusing him of being an ISI agent. The two can be seen spewing venom in their words throughout the 2 minute 30 second video.

Things were under control throughout the live telecast of the debate, however Poonawalla claims that Fatah hit him once the cameras stopped rolling. Poonawalla recorded a considerable part of their physical altercation on a camera (which he whipped out to expose Fatah) and posted it on Twitter:

Note: The following video contains strong language, viewer discretion is advised.

Poonawalla however, maintained that he never got violent throughout the show. “He placed his hand on me during the show, I did not touch him even once. Even when the debate ended, he abused me and smacked my hand,” Poonawalla clarified.

Here is the video of their altercation:

 

Soon after the video was posted, Twitterverse exploded with interesting reactions:

 

Chaubey took to his Twitter handle to defend himself against the allegations:

Shehzad voiced his support for Chaubey:

Tarek Fatah meanwhile retweeted the tweets which slammed Shehzad Poonawalla:

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