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Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Arrest Warrant Issued Against Haryana’s Deepak Punia 

Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Arrest Warrant Issued Against Haryana’s Deepak Punia

Haryana all-rounder and Indian Navy Acting Petty Officer have landed in hot waters for reportedly playing in the ongoing Ranji Trophy for Haryana without taking the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the concerned authorities. As a result, the Navy has issued an arrest warrant against the cricketer.

According to the Indian Express, Commodore M M S Shergill, Commanding Officer of INS Angre, has authorised the police in Haryana and Mumbai as well as the “Naval Provost Marshal, Commodore Bureau of Sailors” (both in Mumbai) and “DNPM Delhi Area (INS India)” to arrest the Haryana all-rounder.

“Such being an offence against Navy Act 1957, and you are to bring the said Deepak Punia, AG PO (US), 237169-Y, on board the said ship or some other Indian Naval Ship to answer for the said offence and to be further dealt with according to law,” the warrant read.

Punia was roped in by the Services in 2014 before he shifted bases to Haryana this season after representing Saurashtra for a couple of seasons. He was also in the Mumbai Indians squad for the Indian Premier League.

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Punia represented Mumbai Indians (Credits: Mumbai Indians)

Satyavrat Sheoran, the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) Secretary, also wrote a letter to the BCCI, asking the cricket board to terminate the alleged offender’s NOC and the cricketer be sent back to his parent department.

“It has come to our notice that players taken NOC for 2016-17 are being allowed by BCCI to use the same NOC for the current season … In this regard, it has been reported that Deepak Punia is continuing with old NOC … hence it is requested that Deepak Punia be reverted back to his parent department,” the letter read.

The BCCI, however, has insisted there is no problem with the player’s paperwork, as he had availed NOC from Saurashtra, the team he last represented.

“Punia has fulfilled the NOC formalities and on the basis of which we had allowed him to play for Haryana,” the BCCI stated.

Puni, on the other hand, pleaded innocence, saying he had informed his officer and had also submitted a leave application to represent a different state. He also revealed he was told by the authorities to not return upon the completion of the leave.

“I had informed my officer that I am representing Haryana this season. I was told that I can’t play while on duty and if I want to play for a different state, I should take leave and then play. So I submitted my application for 30 days leave and later applied for an extension. My officers told me the extension would not be granted. I was told to return or else they (Navy) would issue an arrest warrant. Aur phir unhone arrest warrant seedha nikal diya (And then they issued an arrest warrant),” Punia told the news outlet.

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