Even as Sardar Singh denies sexual assault charges, police sets up SIT

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Sardar Singh, India Hockey skipper
Sardar Singh, India Hockey skipper

While Indian Hockey Skipper Sardar Singh has clearly denied the sexual assault charges levelled against him , the Punjab Police has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to look into allegations levelled by a young British hockey player of Indian origin who was his live-in partner. The SIT, set up by Ludhiana Police Commissioner PS Umranangal, would be headed by additional DCP SS Atwal and comprise two other members. The SIT started its inquiry into the case immediately . Though the police have not registered any case against Sardar Singh so far.

Ludhiana police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal said, “I issued orders for constitution of a SIT to investigate the complaint . It will comprise additional deputy commissioner of police Satvir Singh Atwal, assistant commissioner of police Gurpreet Kaur and SHO Koom Kalan Surjeet Singh Nagra. We will take necessary action once the SIT gives its report in the next few days.” ADCP Atwal said that Sardar would be called for questioning to probe the charges levelled against him.

In a  tight spot after the 21-year-old British national filed a complaint of “sexual exploitation” against him, the Indian hockey team captain denied  that he was ever engaged to the woman. But  Sardar did not deny knowing the woman, who hails from Leeds and comes from a business family. “I will first see what report the police have written. Only then will I get back to reply all your questions. I was not engaged (to the complainant),” a visibly disturbed Sardar Singh told the media . “I have just come from a game last night. I am concentrating on the next game,” Sardar said, as he pulled himself away from the media questioning.

According to PTI, The Indian hockey captain said, “I know her, but it’s wrong to say that I assaulted her”. “My concentration is on the ongoing HIL. I came to know about the allegations after  the HIL  match. It is a very serious allegation. I will look at the report and consult my lawyer. I will answer all questions but I need some time,” he said.