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Hotel brawl: Saif Ali Khan plays victim, claims Iqbal 'roughed' him up

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Feb 23, 2012, 12:26PM IST

Mumbai: Actor Saif Ali Khan has been finally granted bail after being arrested for bashing up Iqbal Sharma, a South African trade official on Tuesday night. 

Saif reached the Colaba Police station, after he was summoned to appear in the assault case filed against him by Sharma.

Earlier, the actor was not found at his residence when the Police team arrived to summon him, but he was later found to be at his lawyer's office in Nariman Point.

The actor was reportedly brought in through the back entrance of the Police station, in order to avoid media attention.

Sources suggest that Saif, along with his lawyers will give the police station incharge the required statements and his arrest is under section 325 of IPC, which is a bailable offence and hence, the actor was released immediately after submission of the bond papers, without having to appear in the court.

The incident in question took place last night at Wasabi restaurant at Taj Hotel, where he, along with Kareena and a few friends were having dinner. Iqbal Sharma, resident of Juhu, was also having dinner with his family at an adjoining table. Apparently, Iqbal complained about the noise that was coming from the Saif’s table and a scuffle started between them as Saif, reportedly, told him to go to a library to find peace.

Also, Iqbal Sharma, who is the Deputy DG Business and investment for South African Government, had confirmed the brawl earlier today, with his statement that said, "Saif abused and assaulted me and father-in-law."

Police sources said, Kareena's name is also mentioned in the First Information Report filed against Saif Ali Khan and two unknown persons at the Colaba Police Station under section 325 IPC.

A few sections of the media had earlier reported that the scuffle actually took place between Amrita Arora Ladak’s husband Shakeel Ladak. It was only when Saif intervened that he got into the brawl with Iqbal.
Post the scuffle, Iqbal lodged the complaint that Saif and two of his associates assaulted him with fist blows, causing fracture to his nose bone. Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora Ladak were also reportedly present at the site.


 
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