KOLKATA: Indian police has booked fast bowler Mohammed Shami on the charges of assault and sexual harassment by his estranged wife.
Shami, who is expected to lead India’s pace attack in the upcoming cricket World Cup in England and Wales, has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle with Hasin Jahan since March 2018.
Jahan, a former model, publicly accused Shami of having numerous affairs and harassment.
A public prosecutor said that the chargesheet has been filed against Shami under IPC 498-A (for mental and physical torture, and dowry harassment) and 354-A (for sexual harassment and assault).
“If charges are proved (in court), the punishment may amount to five years imprisonment and fine,” Pakrashi added.
Shami has dismissed all the accusations as a campaign to defame him.
Jahan has also accused Shami of corruption.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had withheld Shami’s contract pending a review into a series of allegations made by his wife, including corruption and even attempted murder.
Shami was soon cleared of corruption charges by the BCCI and offered an annual retainership contract by the world’s richest cricket board.