Shoaib Have to Wait Three Months before Cases Are Dropped: Reports

Despite giving ‘talaq’ to Maha Siddiqui, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik could have to wait for some time before all cases against him are dropped and he is out of legal mess, said media reports.

“An offence under Section 498 A of IPC has been registered against him. This is a serious charge, this can’t be withdrawn against him at one go,” a police officer was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Section 498 (A) relates to ‘harassment of a married woman by her husband or his family members’.

Acting on Maha’s letter seeking withdrawal of charges against the cricketer, policemen belonging to the Central Crime Station ( who are dealing with the case) sought the opinion of K Sreevani, public prosecutor of the 13th chief additional metropolitan magistrate court, on how Shoaib be freed of the legal hassles, said report.

This court deals with all CCS cases and thus has the authority to close the Maha-Shoaib matter.

Reports quoted sources as saying that Sreevani told cops that a case could theoretically be closed on the ground ‘action dropped for lack of evidence’ but in this case they couldn’t do so, for they collected all evidence and presented it to a court.

In what could add to Shoaib’s woes, the public prosecutor has told the police that section 498 (A) of IPC can be compromised upon only if the two parties (Maha and Shoaib) decide to live together. Since that is impossible in this case, it’ll take at least three months for this section to be dropped against him.

(Based on internet reports)

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