In a series of latest turnarounds, former Indian cricketer and World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh was arrested by the Hansi Police after a case lodged against him for using a casteist slur against spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
As per sources, on Saturday, Yuvraj Singh was arrested following which he was interrogated for three hours. He was arrested under sections — 153A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code and was later reportedly released on interim bail following the interrogation.
Yuvi had earlier apologized for the ‘unintentional remarks’ that he said were “misunderstood” after his June 2020 Instagram live video with ex-teammate Rohit Sharma, where both the cricketers were discussing Chahal’s tik-tok videos and Yuvraj had made a controversial comment on Indian leg spinner. The footage from the live session was widely shared on social media and had triggered an outrage.
Nitika Gahlaut, a senior police officer in Haryana’s Hansi, told NDTV: “As per court orders, Yuvraj Singh was arrested and then released on interim bail on Saturday,” However, Yuvraj’s representative Shazmeen Kara said the former cricketer had not been arrested.
According to sources, Yuvraj had appeared before the police in Hisar with four to five staffers, including his security personnel accompanying him from Chandigarh.
Well, the move from the police came following a complaint filed in February this year by a Dalit activist in Haryana, demanding his arrest and registration of a case under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which also aims to prohibit discrimination. An FIR was filed in the case on orders of the court.
The activist, Rajat Kalsan, said, “On October 6, the police was asked to include Yuvraj Singh in the probe. We have learnt that yesterday, Yuvraj Singh surrendered before the police in Hisar, he was questioned for two to three hours and then arrested. He was then released on bail bonds.”
“The police will submit its final report in a few days in the SC/ST court in Hisar and Yuvraj Singh will have to take regular bail from there. He will have to attend the hearings at the court in Hisar. We will do our best to prove his guilt since he has insulted the whole community,” he said.
“Also, since the bail was given to him under the SC/ST Act, we are challenging it in the Supreme Court and hopefully you will see him behind bars,” Mr Kalsan added.
Meanwhile, last year, Yuvraj Singh had cleared the matter by sharing an apology via his social media. He wrote: “if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings”, adding that his “love for India and all its people is eternal”.
“I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same. My love for India and all its people is eternal,”