The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday ordered the release of the passport of Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik [ Images ] in the wake of the city police seeking closure of a cheating case filed against him by his now divorced wife Ayesha Siddiqui.
This direction was given by Justice C V Nagarjuna [ Images ] to a Nampally Criminal Court after Advocate General D V Sitaram Murthy informed the High Court that the police had filed its final report before a magistrate for closure of the case against 28-year-old Malik.
The police had taken away the cricketer's passport on April 5 and submitted it to the Thirteenth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. They asked him not to leave the country after a cheating case was registered against him based on a complaint by Ayesha, whom he subsequently divorced after denying that he had married her.
After Shoaib divorced Ayesha, the Siddiqui's submitted an application to the Central Crime Station (CCS) -- a wing of Hyderabad police which investigated the case -- to withdraw the complaint.
Shoaib, who moved the High Court on April 15, had submitted in his petition that he had reached a compromise with Ayesha and she had already expressed her willingness to withdraw the case.
After ten days of high drama, Shoaib married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza [ Images ] here on April 12.