Hyderabad, Apr 5: The Hyderabad police on Monday, Apr 5, arrived at the residence of tennis ace Sania Mirza to question Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik following a cheating case lodged by Ayesha Siddiqui, who claimed to be his first wife.
Immigration authorities have also been alerted by the police about the criminal complaint lodged against the cricketer. The complaint could prevent Malik's exit from India.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said Malik has been charged of harassment, cheating to marry another girl and criminal intimidation including threats to Ayesha to keep quiet.
Police said that a case has been registered against Malik under Sections 420 (cheating), 498-A (dowry harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC, adding that investigation into the complaint will be conducted after verification.
“The Banjara Hills police have received a complaint by Ayesha Siddiqui against Shoaib Malik. We have registered a case against Shoaib. Now we will take legal opinion quickly before taking further action," Additional Commissioner of Police (co-ordination), Dwarka Thirumala Rao said.
Citing about the legal complications in the case since Malik is a Pakistani national, Rao said that they" will have to examine whether a foreigner committing an offence on a foreign soil comes under the purview of IPC or not."
“The legal opinion will be taken quickly and we will proceed further as the marriage is on April 15," he added.
On Saturday, Apr 3, Malik, who came to visit Sania, admitted to his marriage with Ayesha, but said that he was cheated into marrying her.
Shoaib alleged that Ayesha had cheated him as he believed that he was marrying the girl in the photographs that she had sent to him as her's.