Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been booked by Haryana Police in an eight-month-old complaint for making a "casteist slur" against Yuzvendra Chahal, officials said on Monday.

Hisar-based Dalit activist Rajan Kalsan filed a complaint in June last year, alleging that Yuvraj, who interacted with Rohit Sharma in a live video session on social media platform Instagram, degraded and defamed the Dalit community.

On Sunday, the 2011 World Cup winner was booked by the Hansi Police in Hisar district under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

In light of the controversy, the 39-year-old former all-rounder came out with an apology on Twitter after facing a massive backlash on social media.

"This is to clarify I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the lines of caste, colour, creed, or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception," Yuvraj had tweeted.

"I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments or feelings, I would like to express apology for the same," he added.

Yuvraj retired from international cricket in 2019, after representing India in 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is, and 40 Tests. In his glorious career, he had helped Team India clinch the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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