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Breather for Om Puri till Aug 30

chandigarh Updated: Aug 29, 2013 00:23 IST
Om Puri

The sessions court on Wednesday granted "interim protection from arrest" to actor Om Puri, who is accused of assaulting his wife.

Sessions judge DA Dholakia granted protection to the internationally acclaimed actor till August 30 and adjourned the hearing on his anticipatory bail application till the date. The court also directed him to go to the police station everyday and cooperate for the probe.

Meanwhile, Ambala-born Puri's wife Nandita on Wednesday filed an application in the court, seeking to intervene in the case and object to the actor's application.

The police are likely to submit their reply to the bail plea on August 30.

According to Nandita's police complaint, the actor assaulted her with a wooden stick on August 22.

The 62-year-old actor is facing charges under sections 324 (causing hurt by dangerous means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the FIR, the couple was arguing about the maintenance of their flat in suburban Versova, and during a heated exchange, Puri assaulted Nandita.

The actor said in his anticipatory bail application that their domestic help's daughter offered rakhi to his son, while Nandita gifted her a mobile phone worth Rs 3,000. However, the girl wanted a smartphone and Nandita demanded money for it, he claimed.

"(I) reasoned that I, too, was using a regular mobile phone and there was no question of gifting an expensive mobile worth Rs 14,000 to the girl," Puri says in the application.

As per the actor, Nandita then told him that he could spend a huge amount of money on his "mistresses" but could not pay for this gift. According to the application, as a spat ensued, Puri got up to leave, but Nandita "caught his collar" and he had to push her off to leave the house. In his plea, Puri denied that he ever assaulted her.