Domestic violence case filed against Yuvraj and family
Gurugram: Veteran cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been named in a complaint of domestic violence filed by his sister-in-law Akanksha Sharma but his family lawyer said that no case has been registered against the player.
The complaint was filed against Yuvraj's younger brother Zorawar Singh Bhundel and mother Shabnam Singh for alleged mental and financial torture. A court in Gurugram has issued a notice to Yuvraj and his family to respond by October 21 when the first hearing on the case will take place.
Akanksha has alleged that she was under pressure from her in-laws who wanted her to have a baby. She has also alleged that she named Yuvraj in the complaint as he was a mute spectator during her predicament. "Not a single day had gone when I did not go to bed in that house crying," media quoted Akanksha as saying on Wednesday.
The matter will be investigated by a SDM or lady police officer who will submit a report to the court. "Yes, Akanksha has filed a case of domestic violence against Yuvraj, Zorawar and their mother Shabnam," a website quoted Akanksha's lawyer Swati Singh as saying.
"Look, domestic violence does not mean just physical violence. It also means mental and financial torture, which can be attributed to Yuvraj. Yuvraj was a mute spectator to the suffering caused to my client by Zorawar and his mother," she added.
In a press statement issued in Chandigarh on Wednesday, Counsellor for Yuvraj's family Damanbir Singh Sobti said: "There are certain misrepresentations being made in social media that a criminal complaint or an FIR has been registered against my clients on the basis of false and baseless allegations. No such FIR or complaint has been filed."
"Akanksha has filed a petition under Section 25 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and my clients have been arrayed as respondents and their counsel shall appear on their behalf on the date fixed before the court at Gurugram," the lawyer said.
He added that Akanksha had filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the case and the matter was worked out between both parties and Zorawar filed a petition for granting divorce by mutual consent.
"In the interregnum Akanksha appeared in a show called Big Boss 10 run on Colors channel where she made certain scandalous, derogatory and defamatory statements/imputations against my clients Shabnam and Zorawar.
"However, she categorically stated that she had nothing against Yuvraj Singh and that he was very nice to her. The said allegations leveled by her dented the reputation and image of two of my clients above named, for which one of my clients namely Shabnam Singh has filed a civil suit for recovery of an amount assessed at Rs 2 crore," the statement said.