Ex-cricketer Yuvraj strikes HC for quashing FIR on casteist slur

Chandigarh, February 25

The High Court today issued notice to Haryana on a petition filed by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh for quashing an FIR registered against him at the Hansi police station under provisions of the IPC and SC/ST Act for making “casteist remarks”.

Yuvraj was booked for promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony and other offences on a complaint by Hansi-based lawyer-cum-activist Rajat Kalsan.

Appearing before Justice Amol Rattan Singh’s Bench, senior advocate Puneet Bali and Vibhav Jain contended that the petitioner and Rohit Sharma were having a live chat on a social media platform in April 2020 and were discussing to how lives had changed amid the pandemic.

In the video, Yuvraj mentioned two cricketers in a friendly manner. Bali stated the two were teammates and friends of the petitioner and it was never the petitioner’s intent to disrespect them or any community during the conversation.

Bali further submitted that Yuvraj had, on June 5, 2020, released a public statement, apologising and conveying his true intentions on the entire controversy. — TNS

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