London: The 22-year-old Sikh soldier, Charanpreet Singh Lall, who created history by becoming the first to wear a turban during an annual parade to mark British Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday ceremony, was tested positive for cocaine in a random drugs test and could be kicked out from his post.
He was a part of a 1000-strong ceremony marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday, a ceremony that takes place on any Saturday of June.
With insiders claiming he registered high levels of cocaine, Lall was earlier in news across the world for wearing the turban during the Trooping the Colour in June.
“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 by the 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. He was put in the limelight and now he’s brought only embarrassment,” the report said.
Lall, who is one of the three soldiers at Windsor’s Victoria Barracks, joined the British Army in January 2016.
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.”
He was born in Punjab and his family moved to the UK when he was a baby.
It was Lall’s hard work that led the UK authorities to give him this position, we don’t know yet if the news is definitely true until they decide to make an announcement regarding the same. But if it is, then all his hard work will go in vain just because of one mistake he did while he was supposed to do his duty. And not only that, as a responsible citizen, he should have realised what example he would set by taking the particular drug.