New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) yesterday sought 10 weeks' time to respond to the Delhi Commission for Women's (DCW) notice on the allegations of sexual harassment by Ashpal Kaur Bhogal against Sardar Singh but firmly threw its weight behind the Indian captain by questioning the complainant's "belated" charges.
Hockey star Sardar Singh with Ashpal Kaur Bhogal
In a letter to DCW Chairperson Swati Mahliwal, HI said since the national team has a six-nation Tournament followed by the Olympic Games, it would be able to send a comprehensive response on the matter only after August 23.
"We shall provide you with a detailed response once the team is back from Brazil and after ascertaining and verifying all the facts as stated by you in your notice dates June 14, 2016," HI said.
Bhogal, in her complaint, has alleged that Sardar physically abused her after promising to marry her. Sardar has denied the allegations.