Saif Ali Khans arrest inevitable in hotel brawl

Saif Ali Khans arrest inevitable in hotel brawl

By: || Updated: 22 Feb 2012 06:43 AM


Mumbai: Actor Saif Ali Khan's arrest is inevitable in the mid-night
brawl at a restaurant here when he allegedly punched a man leaving him
with a broken nose, says police.

An FIR has been registered
against Saif and his friends under sections 325 (voluntarily causing
grievous hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of
common intent) of IPC. Cops are looking for him, but the actor is
"unreachable".

"His (Saif's) arrest is inevitable as it is a
cognizable offence, but it is bailable," Assistant Commissioner of Police
Iqbal Shaikh said, adding the actor can be enlarged on bail by the police
and will not have to approach the court for it.

However, Saif
will have to surrender and be arrested before the bail is granted.

"The
section under which he has been booked is bailable. He has to come with a
surety and if we find that the surety is a sound surety, we will grant him
bail," the ACP said.

The incident, according to the complaint
registered with the Colaba police station, occurred just past midnight
when the 41-year-old actor, along with his actress girlfriend Kareena
Kapoor and other friends, was having dinner at Wasabi restaurant at Taj
Hotel.

According to complainant Iqbal Sharma, a South African
businessman of Indian origin, Saif and those accompanying him were talking
loudly while seated at an adjacent table.

When Sharma walked up
to them and objected to their talking loudly, an argument ensued leading
to a fracas during which he was assaulted by Saif, leaving him with a
bleeding and fractured nose.

Shaikh said that the complainant
went to the G T Hospital following the incident and then reported the
matter to the police around 2.30 this morning.

Shaikh said a
police team was dispatched to the actor's Bandra residence but he was not
present there and his mobile phone was also switched off.

Asked
if Saif was absconding, Shaikh said, "He is not reachable."

He
denied that any of the women accompanying either the actor or the
complainant had participated in the scuffle.

On whether Saif had
himself assaulted the complainant, Shaikh said, "This is what the
complainant has said. We are in the process of recording the statements of
independent witnesses."

Saif was with Kareena, her sister
Karisma, actor Arbaaz Khan's wife Malaika Arora Khan, her sister Amrita
Arora and some other male friends, who are yet to be identified. The
complainant was with his wife, mother, father and two others.

Shaikh
said the statements of eight witnesses have been recorded and footage of
the CCTV cameras was being scanned as part of the ongoing investigation.




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Ali Khan physically and verbally abused us: Iqbal Sharma





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