Bare hours after India’s famous 7-1 victory over Pakistan in the World Hockey League Semi-Final in London, former India skipper Sardar Singh found himself in the police net when he was called for questioning by Yorkshire Police on Monday.
The police, it is learnt, acted on a complaint from UK-based hockey player Ashpal Kaur Bhogal, who had last year alleged she had been engaged to Sardar and accused him of mental torture and rape.
Star midfielder Sardar is part of the 18-member team currently in London for the prestigious tournament.
Expressing his dismay, the FIH president Narinder Batra put a post on Facebook in his personal capacity, questioning the timing of the summons.
“England is a country which is a safe heaven for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England. I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations. Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved, wrote Batra in the now deleted Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Sardar was on his way to Leeds, accompanied by team’s assistant coach Jugraj Singh. And as things stood on Monday night, Sardar was back and coach Roelant Oltmans confirmed to The Field that the former captain “can leave the country” after the conclusion of Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinals.