Police complaint against Sidhu for keeping ‘gift’ from Pakistan


A police complaint has been filed against cricketer-turned-politician and Indian Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for keeping a stuffed black partridge, gifted to him by a Pakistani journalist, NDTV reported.

According to reports, an animal activist in India, Sandeep Jain, has filed the complaint demanding a probe into how the black partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in India by Sidhu for so long.

Sidhu was gifted the bird by the journalist during his recent visit to the country to attend the launch of Kartarpur Corridor.

The minister handed over the gifted bird to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after reaching India.

“Under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act’s Schedule 4, it’s illegal to keep an animal or a bird or their body parts without any permission. The punishment could be a jail term up to three years or Rs. 25,000 fine or both,” Sandeep Jain has claimed.

Sidhu has been engulfed in controversies since his visit to Pakistan for the oath-taking ceremony of his old friend Prime Minister Imran Khan in August 2018.