Sexual Molestation charges on Haryana’s Sports Minister

by Subhechcha Ganguly

Sandeep Singh, a BJP legislator and Olympian who served as the minister for sports and youth affairs in Haryana, resigned after a junior women’s athletic coach filed a formal complaint against him on Sunday in Chandigarh alleging sexual harassment. Singh turned over the portfolio to the Chief Minister on “moral grounds” after the Chandigarh Police charged the former India Hockey captain with stalking, unlawful imprisonment, sexual harassment, and criminal intimidation. However, he still has the other ministry under his autonomous charge, “Printing and Stationery,” and he continues to serve as a Minister of State (MoS).

The woman, an international-level athlete who mentors young athletes in the state, claimed in her accusation that Sandeep had first encountered her in a gym before getting in touch with her via Instagram. She said he would message her on Snapchat and Instagram. “He messaged me on Instagram, saying that I needed to meet to discuss my approaching national games certificate. My federation, unfortunately, has lost my credential, and I have been bringing this up with the appropriate authorities,” the woman added.Sandeep allegedly called her on Snapchat on July 1, 2022, requesting that she come to his residence/camp office in Sector 7 in Chandigarh to complete some business. She claims that after agreeing to meet, the woman was groped.

FIR under sections 354, 354A, 354B, 342, and 506 of the IPC has been filed in relation to an allegation made by a female coach of Haryana against the Haryana Sports Minister. The female instructor claimed that after being given Rs 1 crore per month to leave the country, she is now getting phone calls encouraging her to do so.

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