India cricketer Yuvraj Singh was arrested in Haryana and released on interim bail after he made caste-based remarks on cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal during an Instagram live with Rohit Sharma. Hansi resident Rajat Kalsan had lodged an FIR against the 40-year-old cricketer under various sections of the IPC and SC/ST Act.
“Hansi SP Nitika Gehlot told here today that Singh along with the investigating officer joined the investigation today as per the court’s direction. He was released on interim bail after his arrest, the SP said. He said the police called the cricketer. Already recovered.”
He was charged under section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, caste, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing prejudicial acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony), 153B (allegations, claims prejudicial to national unity). A case was registered under IPC and under section 3(1)(u) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention and Atrocities) Act on the complaint of Rajat Kalsan, a lawyer and activist from Hansi.
Kalsan had alleged that Yuvraj had made derogatory remarks referring to Chahal. Yuvraj has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking quashing of the FIR claiming his innocence in the case.
A second FIR was registered against the cricketer in February this year for using casteist slurs against the India cricketer. Yuzvendra Chahal. The story dates back to June 2020 when Yuvraj, on Facebook Live with Rohit Sharma, made some remarks about the spinner of Team India, which the Dalit community did not like. At that time an FIR was lodged against the 39-year-old by a Dalit advocate.