New Delhi: A day after Kolkata’s Alipore Court issued an arrest warrant against India pacer Mohammed Shami in Domestic violence case, his estranged wife Hasin Jahan accused Amroha (Uttar Pradesh) police of harassing her. “Amroha police were trying to harass me and my daughter, it was God’s grace that they didn’t succeed,” said the cricketer’s wife.
However, she showered praise on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for ‘providing safe shelter to her’. “Had I not been from West Bengal, had Mamata Banerjee not been our CM, I wouldn’t have been able to live safely here.”
Furthermore, she thanked the judicial system for the issuance of the arrest warrant against Shami and his elder brother Hasid Ahmed. “I’m grateful to the judicial system. I have been fighting for justice for more than a year now. You all know, Shami thinks that he is all too powerful, that he is a big cricketer,” Hasin Jahan told reporters.
Yesterday, the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, gave 28-year-old Shami – now touring West Indies with the Indian cricket team and playing the second and final Test match of the series – 15 days to surrender and apply for bail. The warrant was issued as the brothers did not appear before the court even once after the hearing started.
After hearing both the prosecution and the defense, ACJM Subrata Mukherjee gave a 15-day window to Shami as he was abroad with the national side. The arrest warrant would remain in abeyance during the next 15 days. However, if Shami did not surrender to the court during this time frame, the law would take its own course, the judge said. On the other hand, the court ordered the warrant against Shami’s brother to be immediately executed.
The arrest warrant came around six months after the police filed a charge sheet against the celebrated Indian cricketer under Sections 498A (domestic violence) and 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code.
Hasin Jahan had, in 2018, filed a police complaint leveling multiple allegations against the cricketer and four of his family members. The allegations also included rape by Shami’s elder brother, an attempt to murder and physical assault. However, the police dropped these three allegations while framing the charge sheet.
News of the cricketer’s marital discord became public last year, when Hasin Jahan, a former model, took to Facebook to accuse him of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs with a number of women.
(With agency inputs)