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Mumbai: ‘Harassment’ over leather bag; Kashyap lied as he was late to office, says police

Kashyap (24) was remanded to police custody until October 8 by magistrate Ashwini Lokhande.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai |
October 6, 2016 1:17:43 am

The Mumbai Police Wednesday informed a court they had CCTV footage which showed that on August 19, arrested film production executive Barun Kashyap had gone straight to his office in Andheri West, and was not taken on a detour by an autorickshaw driver who harassed him over his leather bag, as Kashyap has claimed.

In an application seeking Kashyap’s custody submitted to the Andheri Court Wednesday, the police claimed Kashyap took an autorickshaw outside his home near Infiniti Mall in Andheri West at 12.47 pm and arrived at his office in Veera Desai Road nine minutes later.

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“CCTV footage of the journey has been procured and it shows that the accused was not truthful about his complaint,” said public prosecutor Sudhir Sapkale.

That day, Kashyap wrote a lengthy post on his Facebook page, claiming that the autorickshaw driver took him to a location where two unidentified men intimidated him over using the leather bag and let him off with a warning. After an FIR was lodged, police told Kashyap to delete the post.

In its remand application, police claimed that Kashyap concocted the story because he was late for office. “The accused took advantage of the fact that the at the time, there were nationwide protests against cow vigilantes. He thought this would be a believable story he could tell his boss to explain why he was late,” Sapkale argued.

The police questioned over 150 autorickshaw drivers on the basis of the description by Kashyap. No individual matching the description was found.

Kashyap (24) was remanded to police custody until October 8 by magistrate Ashwini Lokhande. After Kashyap left court, the AAP staged a demonstration outside Amboli police station, demanding the probe be transferred.

AAP claimed Kashyap had been intimidated by former encounter specialist Daya Nayak, currently posted at Amboli. AAP leader Preeti Sharma-Menon claimed Nayak had arrested Kashyap even though he wasn’t the investigating officer.

“We fear Nayak may tamper with evidence and harm Barun,” she said. Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the charges by AAP are baseless.
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