First Sikh soldier to wear turban on Queen’s b’day fails drug test, may be expelled

London: Charanpreet Singh Lall – the 22-year-old Sikh soldier who made headlines for becoming the first to wear a turban during an annual parade to mark British Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday ceremony – is likely to be suspended after he tested positive for cocaine.

As per reports, Lall failed a random drugs test at his barracks, with insiders suggesting that he registered a random drugs test at his barracks.

“Guardsman Lall has been discussing it openly in the barracks. The Guards carry out public duties at the Palace, it’s disgraceful behaviour,” a source was quoted as saying in a media report.”It is for his commanding officer to decide if he gets the boot – but anyone caught taking Class A drugs can expect to be dismissed.”

‘Everyone’s shocked’

“Everyone’s shocked. He was put in the limelight and now he’s brought only embarrassment,” the report said.

Lall is reportedly one of the three soldiers who failed the test at Windsor’s Victoria Barracks.

Soldiers under investigation

Brigadier Christopher Coles, Head of Army Personnel Services Group, said: “I can confirm that a number of soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are under investigation for alleged drugs misuse.”

Lall’s past glory

  • Mr Lall, who was born in Punjab, moved to the UK with his family as a baby. He later joined the British Army in January 2016.
  • He hit the headlines in June after he made history as part in the 1000-strong ceremony marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday.
  • While Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her actual birthday on April 21, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony takes place on any Saturday of June.
  • The ceremony has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years and also functions as a display of army drills, music and horsemanship.

(With inputs from PTI)