Karachi: Former Olympians Anjum Saeed and Danish Kaleem have been exonerated from the gambling case which had been registered against them by the local police in August this year.
Announcing their exoneration in a press conference at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday, former Olympians Anjum Saeed and Danish Kaleem said that they were considering taking action after seeking advice from their lawyers.
They said that the case against them not only defamed their integrity it also damaged the image of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) which is the custodian of the national game in Pakistan.
“You can’t imagine the volume of agony we and our families suffered in last two months”, they maintained and added that the case defamed their reputation in the world hockey fraternity and they received a number of phone calls and SMS from their well-wishers from abroad who shared their concern with us.
“We would submit the fresh development to the PHF Inquiry Committee which was already formed to ascertain the facts. The Committee in consultation with the lawyers would decide to proceed further on the issue”, both Anjum and Danish said.
It may be recalled that the police had booked former Olympians from their hotel room on August 16 for alleged gambling. Police had registered a case against them, however, the PHF officials got bail from the court.
After a prolonged investigation the police failed to establish its allegations against the former Olympians and requested the Court to allow it to withdraw its FIR against them which was registered on the basis of sheer misunderstanding.
“The court after examining the police request allowed police to withdraw the case,” former Olympians said.
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