Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was arrested in Haryana’s Hisar district for making casteist remarks on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal last year. It has been reported that Advocate Rajat Kalsan has been fighting this long battle after registering an FIR under the SC-ST Act in Hansi police station city.
The root of the incident dates back to June of last year when Yuvraj Singh made a derogatory remark, although jokingly, towards Chahal during an Instagram Live session with India opener Rohit Sharma.
While speaking with Sharma about Chahal’s famous Tik-Tok and Instagram videos, Yuvraj Singh made an indecent remark, which was of casteist in nature, aiming for the RCB leggie.
Yuvraj Singh released on bail
Advocate Rajat Kalsan filed a complaint with Haryana police against Yuvraj Singh. Then in February earlier this year, police registered the FIR under Sections 153, 153A, 295, 505 of IPC, besides sections 3 (1) (r) and 3 (1) (s) of SC/ST Act against the World Cup-winning all-rounder.
Now, he was arrested for this but was soon released on formal bail as well on the orders of the High Court. However, this issue is expected to further drag out.
When his comment blew up on the internet, there was a furore among netizens, which forced Yuvraj Singh to make a public apology and said that he was “misunderstood”.
“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,” Yuvraj Singh said in his social media post.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chahal completed a fairly successful UAE leg of IPL 2021. After a disappointing first half of the season, which saw him being excluded from India’s T20 World Cup squad, Chahal bounced back in the UAE, picking at least one wicket in every game for RCB.
He finished the season with 18 scalps, and despite impressive performances couldn’t find a place in India’s squad.