Nearly three months after a UK-based woman filed a complaint against Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh alleging sexual harassment, the Ludhiana police Tuesday said the ‘complaint stands disposed from their side’ and ‘no proof has been found against Sardar during investigation.’
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Ludhiana police commissioner to probe the case has found that the duo ‘did not stay overnight at Bhaini Sahib’ and thus ‘rape’ allegations by the woman, a UK resident and also a former international hockey player, were ‘false’.
Ludhiana police commissioner JS Aulakh said, “None of the allegations by the woman have been found to be authentic.” We enquired with Bhaini Sahib dera if they both (Sardar Singh and the woman) stayed overnight there. The woman had alleged that Sardar sexually abused her during their meetings at Bhaini Sahib. But our probe shows they never stayed there overnight. Nothing of sexual harassment sort has been proved at Bhaini Sahib. From our side, investigation is complete, the complaint is disposed of and no proof was found against Sardar Singh,” said Aulakh.
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The police also claimed that some family members of Sardar Singh, who were also interrogated in the case, denied the allegations. “They were asked to join the investigation as the woman claimed that they were well aware of their alleged relationship. Sardar’s relatives have denied the allegations,” said Aulakh.
He added that as for allegations levelled by the woman of incidents that happened in Panchkula or Sirsa, Ludhiana police cannot interfere.’
“Our responsibility was to investigate the Bhaini Sahib side of the story and in that Sardar has not been found guilty,” said Aulakh.