Sardar Singh rape case: Sardar Singh free to leave England, confirms Oltmans

The FIH has apologised for angry comments made on social media by President Narinder Batra towards Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Sardar Singh rape case: Sardar Singh free to leave England, confirms Oltmans

Understandably, the team management is upset about the fact that Sardar was called up for questioning in the middle of a big global tournament without any prior information.

With the Indian team in London for the tournament, the team management is said to be quite upset about the fact that Sardar was called up for questioning in the middle of the competition without any prior information.

The complainant, an England worldwide hockey player of Indian origin, accused Sardar of sexual assault and alleged that he went back on his promise to marry her. Sardar has pleaded innocence and during a marathon interrogation, put forth his side of the story.

Former Hockey India chief and current International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slammed the move by the United Kingdom authorities to question Sardar in such a manner and termed it "uncalled for". Meanwhile, Hockey India sources said it was not right on the part of West Yorkshire police to summon Sardar without informing the Indian High Commission because he was representing India and not there as a tourist. I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations.

"Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in United Kingdom involved".

The Facebook post was later withdrawn, even as FIH said the statement was made in his personal capacity. But Sardar was told to reach (Leeds) for questioning at 1200 hrs local time (4:30pm IST) today.

Sardar Singh questioned by Leeds cops in an old sexual abuse case as team prepares to play the Dutch. "The cities are nearly 200 miles away, which means a travel of at least 10-12 hours, and there is a crucial match against Holland on Tuesday", a member from the team management told The Hindu. Embarrassed by India in its opening match, Pakistan turned the tables on its archrival to win their Champions Trophy final by a crushing 180 runs. If it was the old one, it makes no sense for the police to wait for more than 10 days since we came here.

When Batra was elected in November, the FIH said he was the first official from India elected to lead an Olympic sports governing body.

He said that a similar incident in India, involving English players, would have evoked outrage. The former England U-19 player had originally filed a case with Ludhiana police in Feb 2016.

Asked if he would get involved in case the matter escalates, he said, "I can not do anything in the capacity of FIH president".

The governing body of field hockey has apologized for comments made on social media by president Narinder Batra after India's loss to Pakistan in an global cricket match.

"The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH". Batra said. "I can not comment as the FIH president, but as an Indian and former Hockey India head, I expect the host nation to take full responsibility".

FIH also issued a statement regarding the social media posts made by Batra.

"At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes".

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