Mohammed Shami charged for dowry and sexual harassment by Kolkata police

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2019

He has been charged under IPC 498A (Dowry Harassment) and 354A (Sexual Harassment).

The next date of hearing in the case has been set for 22 June, meaning that his World Cup appearance could be in serious doubt if the court refuses to give him exemption from personal appearance. The charges have been registered under non-bailable offences by Kolkata Police.

Shami had engaged in a long-standing public spat with wife Hasin Jahan, who in March had accused him of extra-marital affairs, domestic violence and match-fixing.

On March 8, Hasin Jahan had lodged a formal police case against Shami and his brother at the Kolkata police headquarters in Lal Bazaar.

Shami, who recently became the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 wickets in One Day Internationals, was India's highest wicket-taker in the ODI series against New Zealand with nine wickets in four matches. The BCCI later reinstated his central contract. However, he was later given a clean chit and has been given a Grade A contract this year. "Also a notice will be served to the complainant on whether she wants to file a protest appeal against the names of three accused being dropped from the chargesheet".

Shami was soon cleared of corruption charges by the BCCI and offered an annual retainership contract by the world's richest cricket board. But Shami bounced back in style and has regained his form since the past few months. Shami is now an important part of Team India's Test as well as ODI squads.

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