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Former India captain Sardar Singh was interrogated by Yorkshire Police for scarcely 4 hours in Leeds on Monday in propinquity to a year-old passionate attack case. Sardar was accompanied by a team’s manager-cum-assistant manager Jugraj Singh and an Indian-origin counsel during a Leeds District Police Headquarters during Elland Road.
The complainant, an England general hockey actor of Indian origin, indicted Sardar of passionate attack and purported that he went behind on his guarantee to marry her. Sardar has pleaded ignorance and during a marathon interrogation, put onward his side of a story. Sardar left for London after in a dusk and is expected to underline in India’s essential Hockey World League Semifinals organisation theatre compare opposite a Netherlands on Tuesday.
This is a second time Sardar has been questioned by a military in center of a contest per a same case. During a Hockey World League Semifinal in Antwerp in Jun 2015, a complainant indicted Sardar of physically assaulting her. She called a Antwerp military during a group hotel, where he was questioned. However, he was let go.
In Jan 2016, she had leveled identical allegations opposite Sardar in an FIR filed with a Ludhiana Police final year. However, in May 2016, a Special Investigation Team shaped by Ludhiana Police Commissioner JS Aulakh gave Sardar a purify chit.
Fearing these consequences, Sardar was not enclosed in a Indian patrol for final year’s Champions Trophy, that was hold in London as well. However, he was enclosed this time after assuring a group government that a emanate was resolved.
The complainant, who has represented England during youth level, approached a Leeds military on Saturday.
“I had filed complaints with a Punjab Police final year yet there was no action. After they gave Sardar a purify chit, we motionless to proceed UK Police and we filed a censure on Saturday morning with a Leeds Police, that come underneath West Yorkshire Police. we have filed a video censure on a offenses of rape and domestic assault committed by Sardar from Jan 2013 to Jan 2016,” a complainant, a Leeds resident, told The Indian Express.
The Leeds military initial got in hold with a Indian group government hours before a compare opposite Pakistan on Sunday. With India carrying a rest day on Monday, a cops summoned him to Leeds. According to sources, Sardar was sensitive about it usually after a match, that India won 7-1.
Jugraj, who is an officer with Punjab Police, accompanied him to Leeds, roughly five-hour expostulate from London. He was questioned by Leeds Police emissary commissioner Claire Comiskey. The doubt was hold in Punjabi around a translator.
Hockey India and a group government fumed over a timing of a interrogation, slamming a authorities for summoning a actor to another city in center of a tournament. “It is hapless that a actor of a Indian hockey group is called in this demeanour by a England authorities. Such incidents harass players. Sardar’s concentration has been on personification in a World Hockey joining Semifinals and he is fervent to give his best on field,” Jugraj, who wasn’t authorised inside a inquire room, told this journal from Leeds.
“We told them about a sum of a inquiries conducted by Punjab Police and stressed that all a allegations are false. We will entirely corporate a police. Right now, though, Sardar and a team’s concentration is on a diversion opposite Netherlands.”