Golfer Jyoti Singh Randhawa Behind Bars on Poaching Charges

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Police have also seized his vehicle, a red SUV, weapon (.22 rifle) and other equipment. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Katarniyaghat and his team were investigating the case for further legal action against the golfer, added Pandey.

Professional golfer Jyoti Singh Randhawa, who was arrested on Wednesday on charges of illegal hunting in Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court.

Field Director of Dudhwa, Ramesh Pandey, said Randhawa owns a farm in Motipur in Katarniaghat.

Randhawa was interrogated by the District Forest Officer of Katerniaghat after he was found in possession of hunting gear in a tiger reserve. A vehicle has also been seized by the forest department.

Another person, identified as Mahesh Virajdar, was arrested along with Randhawa near the Motipur range of Katarniaghat in the reserve. Jyoti Singh Randhawa has been a regular participant in Asian and European Tours. The forest officials in the area became suspicious when they caught the golfer driving in the area many times over the past few days.

It is to be noted that Randhawa has represented Indian in multiple global golf events and was also ranked under top 100 on several occasions between the year 2004 and 2009. The couple has a son together named Zorawar. Randhawa took up shooting professionally only recently and even participated in national shooting.