Mohammed Shami case update: India bowler’s lawyer says ‘arrest warrant’ is incorrect terminology
Mohammed Shami has had to battle off-field controversy over the past 18 months. © AFP

The lawyer representing Mohammed Shami in the ongoing case filed by his wife Hasin Jahan over a domestic violence case says that the India fast bowler is not absconding and will turn report to authorities in Kolkata before the stipulated time frame given this week.

On Monday, it was reported that an arrest warrant had been issued by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Alipore, against Shami, who at the time was playing the second Test between India and West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Speaking to Indian tabloid Mid-Day, Salim Rahaman rubbished the term ‘arrest warrant’.

“My client is not absconding. He is a national player and representing the country. He can be identified at any time. Why would he run away?” he said. “People have misinterpreted the warrant. The order clearly says that Shami has to surrender within 15 days of his return. We will take appropriate legal steps when he arrives.

“An arrest warrant can be effective only if he does not turn up 15 days after his return but I am sure that situation will not arise. He appeared twice before the police in Kolkata and there is no reason why he would not cooperate in the proceeding.”

In early 2018, Jahan had accused Shami of domestic violence and the cricketer and his brother were booked for domestic violence under IPC Section 498A.

Speaking after the arrest warrant was issued this week, Jahan said: “If Asaram Bapu and Ram Rahim failed to escape the law, who is Shami in front of them? Shami has been getting BCCI support and some big cricketers’ support all this while. Otherwise he would have rectified his mistakes. But because of some blackmailers also, he is not. This won’t go on for long.”

A BCCI official was quoted as saying that as things stand currently, there is no reason for the board to terminate Shami’s contract.