Chargesheet filed against Mohammed Shami for dowry, sexual harassment

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In a major blow to Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami, police in Kolkata on Thursday filed a chargesheet against him under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment). The cricketer has been charged under IPC section 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman) by the police based on charges labelled against him by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan. The chargesheet has been filed by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan.

Shami's wife Hasin Jahan had accused the cricketer of sexual offenses and domestic violence in March a year ago after exposing his alleged extra-marital affair in public. The charges have been registered under non-bailable offences by Kolkata Police. Though Hasin later made several attempts to make peace with Shami, the latter refused to reciprocate. Shami, however, maintained that Jahan's accusations were baseless.

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

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The chargesheet was filed against the fast bowler almost a year after his wife Hasin Jahan lodged a police complaint, levelling multiple charges against Shami and four of his family members. Shami has been given a Grade A contract (Rs 5 lakh) in the latest central contracts list of BCCI.

She had accused the pacers family of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

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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