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Nepal’s Indian physio arrested, freed on bail

Nepal’s
national cricket team’s Indian physiotherapist Dr Aijaz Ashai was
arrested for allegedly molesting a female masseur from the team
hotel in
Stormont, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Ashai,
one of the best-known sports physiotherapist in India was charged with
“touching a hotel masseur in a sexual manner” and
appeared at
the Ards Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Ashai was hired by the Cricket
Association of Nepal (CAN) for the
ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers
and ICC World Cricket League Championship matches against Scotland
during national team’s practice tour of India.

CAN reacted on Thursday by
terminating Ashai’s contract.
His case was heard at the Ards Magistrates
Court on Wednesday, the day when Nepal lost to Hong Kong by
five wickets, where Deputy District Judge Joe
Rice granted him a bail for £2500 on the condition of the Nepali team
lodge a cash surety.


“A constable told the
court the masseuse alleged that Dr Ashai, of
Thakur Village, East
Mumbai, India, had asked for a full body massage, and despite having
been instructed to wear underpants, he attended without
them,” wrote 
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

“He told her he was
suffering in the groin and buttock area, the
constable continued, and
grabbed her hands and forced them between his legs, while in a state of
arousal. The court heard it was alleged he later apologized to the
masseuse, in front of a hotel manager, noting she was in distress, and
offered a £10 tip, which was refused.”

“Dr Ashai’s lawyer said
he admitted that he attended the massage, but
denied that he grabbed the
masseuse’s hands, or that he was aroused during treatment.”

As the national team headed
for Dublin, Ashai will remain in Belfast
where he was ordered not to
make contacts with the witnesses, report to police three times a week
and give up his passport. The next hearing
is set for August 12.

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