Nawazuddin Siddiqui denies assaulting woman, police verifying details

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 10:27 IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui found himself in cross hairs after a woman lodged a police complaint alleging he had assaulted her. The actor has not been arrested in the case. (HT photo)

An FIR was registered against Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a woman over a parking dispute. The actor’s manager, however, denied the incident and said the police registered the complaint without verification. The rep said there was an argument but no “haathapai” took place.

The case was filed at the Versova police station in Mumbai though the actor had not been arrested till late on Sunday evening.

Arun Chavan, assistant commissioner of police, said, “We registered a case against Nawazuddin under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) based on the complainant’s version. As of now we have not arrested any person, and are in the process of verifying the facts.”

According to the complainant, who is the granddaughter of the chairman of the society where both she and Siddiqui live, she was sitting in the society office at around 1.30 pm when a person came and tried to park his motorcycle in the society compound. Nawazuddin’s bodyguards who were standing at the spot asked the person not to park his motorcycle there. The complainant said that when she heard the commotion, she came out of the office and started clicking photographs on her mobile phone. The motorcyclist left the society and at the same time Nawazuddin came down and asked the complainant not to click photographs which led to an altercation. The complainant alleged that when she refused, Nawazuddin pushed her following which she called the police.

In her complaint, the woman also pointed out that Nawazuddin had refused to accept a notice sent earlier by the society’s chairman and secretary to members over complaints related to parking space. The notice was sent to Nawazuddin over him using additional parking space.

Despite repeated attempts, the actor could not be reached for a comment, but his manager, Anup Pandey, denied the charge. “It is a false case. The case has been registered without investigation. It is a society issue which has been going on for a long time,” Pandey told PTI. “There was an argument, but no hathaa-pai (exchange of physical blows) as claimed in the complaint. We will take the matters up.”

The 41-year-old actor is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Raees. His last release was Manjhi -The Mountain Man.

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