Mohammed Shami charged with sexual harrassment; faces 5 years in prison

28 2019 India's Mohammed Shami prepares to bowl during the third ODI between New Zealand and India at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. — AFP

Kolkata Police file chargesheet against Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami and his brother at Alipore court today (14 March).

The Kolkata police filed the chargesheet on complaints by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment), with the next hearing scheduled on June 22. However, in some temporary relief to the cricketer, the police dropped the more serious charges that were registered in the FIR including sections 307 (attempt to murder), and 376 (punishment for rape) besides criminal intimidation. "Court has now summoned Shami on 22 June", Lawyer Anirban Guhathakurta told The Indian Express on Thursday.

Shami was soon cleared of corruption charges by the BCCI and offered an annual retainer ship contract by the world's richest cricket board, which was repeated this season as well. Police recorded the statement of 28 people before filling the chargesheet in the case.

The bitter spat between Shami and his estranged wife Hasin Jahan came out in open on March 7 previous year after the latter posted screenshots of the Indian pacer's alleged affair on social media.


Shami, however, has denied all the accusations made by his estranged wife.

Shami has dismissed all the accusations as a campaign to defame him.

However, after a complete investigation by BCCI, he was given a clean chit and they reinstated his central contract.

Shami, who was a doubt for the Indian Premier League season in 2018, eventually came back to play in the T20 event before going on a great run of form in England and Australia in the Tests.

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