The Sports minister resigned and denied the accusations, calling them an effort to “damage his reputation.”
Based on a complaint made by a junior athletics coach on Friday, the Chandigarh police filed a sexual harassment and criminal intimidation case against Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh. The minister resigned and denied the accusations, calling them an effort to “damage his reputation.”
“There is an attempt to spoil my image. I hope there will be a thorough investigation into the false allegations levelled against me. I hand over the responsibility of the Sports department to the Chief Minister until the report of the investigation comes out,” he stated.
She attended a press conference at the headquarters of the opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which has urged the Manohar Lal Khattar administration to fire Sandeep Singh right once and form a Special Investigation Team to look into the situation. She said the minister repeatedly messaged her on social media between February and November last year. She said he harassed her on social media, had improperly touched her, and threatened her in messages.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a prominent member of the Congress and a former governor of Haryana, had also called for an unbiased investigation into the situation.
The complainant said that Mr Singh had contacted her on Instagram after initially spotting her at a gym.
Later, she claimed, the minister insisted repeatedly that they get together. “He messaged me on Instagram and said my national games certificate is pending and wanted to meet in this regard,” She continued.
“Unfortunately, my certificate has been misplaced by my federation and I have been taking it up with the authorities concerned.”
The woman claimed that after eventually agreeing to meet him at his residence/camp office here with some other documents she had, the minister engaged in the sexual assault when she got there.
Sandeep Singh, a current BJP member of parliament from Pehowa in Kurukshetra, is also a skilled field hockey player and a former team captain for India.
Diljit Dosanjh, a well-known Punjabi singer and actor, played Mr Singh in the 2018 biopic “Soorma,” which was based on his life. On the reality TV programme MTV Roadies, he served as a judge.
After a miracle recovery from a gunshot wound when he was 20 years old, he gained notoriety. Just two days before the 2007 Hockey World Cup, Mr Singh was unintentionally shot by an assistant sub-inspector of the Railways Police Force while he was on a train to Delhi, paralysing him for a year from the waist down.