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High Court Asks Yuvraj Singh To Appear Before Haryana Police In Casteist Remarks Case

By: Krishma | October 8, 2021

In a case filed against former cricketer Yuvraj Singh under the SC/ST Act and several sections of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly using a caste term in a derogatory and abusive way during an Instagram live, the High Court has asked the cricketer to appear before the Haryana Police.

The court has also directed the police that in the event of his arrest and that he be released on bail, lawyers associated with the case said. Detailed order is yet awaited. Also Read: Shutdown Of 3 Major Doordarshan Towers In Punjab!

Earlier, the Haryana Police on Wednesday told the details of the case to Punjab and Haryana High Court and demanded his arrest. The affidavit was filed by Hansi SP Nitika Gahlaut before the bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh. The claims in the affidavit stated that “abusive and derogatory sense denoting a scheduled caste which resulted in humiliation of the people belonging to the caste”. Furthermore, it included that “in view of the nature of allegations leveled against the petitioner, his physical presence is required for effecting his formal arrest in this case in view of provision laid down in section 18 A (b) of the Scheduled castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989”. Also Read: Did You Know John Abraham’s Debut Was With Punjabi Songs!

The cricketer was booked under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 3 (1) (u) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention and Atrocities) Act on the complaint of a Rajat Kalsan, Hansi-based lawyer and activist.

For the unversed, let us tell you, it all started when the FIR was registered against Yuvraj on February 14 after Rajat with his lawyer alleged him of making an objectionable remark while referring to another player during an Instagram Live with India team cricketer Rohit Sharma in April 2020. Also Read: Do You Know Shiv Kumar Batalvi— The Youngest Sahitya Akademi Award Recipient!

Meanwhile, negating the allegations Yuvraj, through his counsel Puneet Bali and Vaibhav Jain, stated that the term was not intended to hurt sentiments of any community or person(s) rather it was a ‘friendly’ comment made by the petitioner to his friend and colleagues who are not part of the respected Dalit community .

The affidavit by Hansi SP further revealed that on September 4, 2021, a mobile phone was recovered from accused, and further on September 22, 2021, the recovered mobile phone was sent to Cyber Forensic Science Laboratory, Panchkula in order to retrieve the data to know on the date of incident which Instagram account was active, to know from how many days this Instagram account was active, and about any video recording of live chat of dated April 7, 2020. It was submitted that the examination result of CFSL, Panchkula, is still pending.


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