Shoaib Malik to be arrested if necessary: Police


Hyderabad: Police have not ruled out arresting Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in connection with the case filed against him by Ayesha Siddiqui, who claims to be his first wife.

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Police said it might examine Shoaib to check the veracity of some of the assertions made by the complainant.

“If it becomes necessary to arrest somebody we will arrest but it will be based on how the case evolves and what sort of evidences we come across during the investigations,” police Commissioner A.K. Khan told reporters.

Ayesha has accused Shoaib of cheating, harassment and criminal intimidation.

He said Shoaib’s passport had been seized to check the veracity of the claims made by Ayesha in her complaint. The police have informed the court that it required his passport for investigations.

Stating that the government had been informed of the criminal case booked against Shoaib, he said the government would deal with it in the manner it deems fit.

He said after the case was registered, the immigration authorities were informed of the passport details of the accused so that a watch could be kept at international gateways in case the accused tries to fly out.

Though Shoaib has come under a visa where he does not have to any police station, Khan said such restrictions could be imposed during the course of investigations.

The police commissioner said the case was handed over to the Central Crime Station of Hyderabad police.

“We have to examine the complainant in detail and many other witnesses. About 10 to 15 witnesses have been identified who are important to the case. Their examination is taking place,” Khan said.

Police have also asked the complainant to produce material documentary proof in support of her claims like ‘nikahnama’, the places they visited and persons who visited them when they were together. “We are in the process of collecting evidence,” he added.