October 27, 2015 2:44:01 pm
Indian cricketer Amit Mishra, 34, was arrested and later released on bail on Tuesday by the Bengaluru police in connection with a complaint of physical assault and outraging of modesty filed by a long-time woman friend of the cricketer over an incident that occurred in Mishra’s hotel room in the city on September 25.
Mishra was interrogated at the Ashoka Nagar police station in Bengaluru for three hours from 10.45 am to 1.45 pm on Tuesday and was arrested after that.
He was granted bail in the police station and was released around 3.30 pm after completion of legal procedures. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
“Mishra was arrested and released on bail as the charges against him are bailable,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police (central division) Sandeep Patil said. Ashoka Nagar police inspector Vijay Hadagali and others quizzed the cricketer about his attack on his film producer friend.
Mishra is alleged to have thrown a kettle at his woman friend after he found her in his hotel room when he returned to the room on September 25 while he was in Bengaluru for a conditioning camp ahead of the ongoing India-South Africa cricket series.
Additional Commissioner of Police (West) CH Prathap Reddy said Mishra told the police that he lost his cool on seeing that his friend had gained access to his room in his absence. Mishra also admitted in the interrogation that he knew the complainant for the past three years and that and they were ‘friends’.
He also informed police that his friend is keen to withdraw the case filed against him. The complainant, Vandana Jain, also recently told a local television channel that she had spoken with Mishra and did not want to pursue the case.
Cannot withdraw case: Police
The Bengaluru police have however stated that the woman cannot withdraw the case at the police station level but should instead approach the courts. The woman had filed a police complaint on September 27 with the Ashoka Nagar police station. In her complaint she alleged that Mishra assaulted her with a tea kettle and abused her verbally.
Mishra was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means).
Leg-spinner Mishra is part of the Indian squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa next month.
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