CoA asks BCCI to probe charges against Shami; wife seeks Mamata's support

The Vinod Rai-led CoA has given a seven-day deadline to BCCI to submit the report

mohammed-shami-afp (File) Mohammed Shami bowls during the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata | AFP

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to investigate the charges levelled against Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami by his wife Hasin Jahan.

The CoA, led by Vinod Rai, has given a seven-day deadline to BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) head Neeraj Kumar to submit the report on the issue.

This direction comes after cricketer's wife levelled various allegations, including of match-fixing, against the fast bowler. Though Jahan retracted the fixing allegation, the CoA has taken note of it and asked the ACU to investigate the matter.

Earlier, a case was registered against Shami on the basis of a written complaint filed by his wife, who has claimed that Shami has been having extramarital affairs and abusing her physically and mentally.

The cricketer has been charged under various non-bailable and bailable sections of the IPC, including Section 498A, which deals with cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives, Section 307 - attempt to murder, Section 323 - punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 376 - rape, Section 506 - criminal intimidation, Section 328 and Section 34.

Meanwhile, Shami has rejected all the allegations and said someone has been misleading his wife.

Shami and Jahan got hitched in 2014.

Hasin Jahan at a press meet in Kolkata | Salil Bera Hasin Jahan at a press meet in Kolkata | Salil Bera

Earlier, Jahan sought "help" of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her pitched battle against her husband.

In a press conference at the Bankshall Court, she sought the chief minister's intervention, reiterating that there's no question of a reconciliation.

"It's a fight for truth by a helpless woman against a celebrity cricketer who has fame, name and money. No one is with me and I request the chief minister to come for the support of truth, but not me or Shami," Jahan told reporters.

"Our fight has reached a stage that there's no question of a compromise now. I will fight my own battle. If I give up now, it will be the loss of face for the whole women community. And why should I? I've all the evidence with me. No chance," she said firmly.

Jahan further alleged that Shami is still giving her threats as she sought for a police protection.

"Shami called me today saying 'Aren't you ashamed of yourself? You have framed me.' He further asked me to take back all the allegations for the sake of my and my daughter's lives," she said.

The Kolkata Police last week booked Shami and four others under various non-bailable and bailable sections after Jahan lodged a complaint of domestic violence and infidelity against the cricketer.