Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was arrested by Haryana Police on Sunday over a casteist remark and later released on bail. The police maintained that the arrest was made in compliance with a High Court order.
For the beginners, Yuvraj received a lot of flak for his remark on Yuzvendra Chahal during an Instagram Live alongside Rohit Sharma last year. Rajat Kalsan, a resident of Hansi, had lodged an official compliment stating that the decorated all-rounder had insulted their community by making such remarks.
The authorities asserted that it was a formal arrest when he visited Hansi town in Hisar. Yuvraj Singh was later released on bail on order from Punjab and Haryana High Court.
“Yuvraj Singh came to Hansi on Saturday and we made a formal arrest. He was released on bail bond after a few hours,” said DSP (Hansi) Vinod Shankar.
Yuvraj Singh was booked under Sections 153A and 153B of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3(1)(u) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention and Atrocities) Act.
Yuvraj Singh had apologised for hurting sentiments of a community
Meanwhile, the cricketer had apologised for his deeds as soon as it was brought to his notice. Taking to social media platform Twitter, Yuvraj Singh wrote:
“This is to clarify I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception.”
He continued, “I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same. My love for India and all its people is eternal.”
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 5, 2020