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Saif Ali Khan in torn shirt post brawl

Agencies  New Delhi, February 24, 2012
First Published: 12:16 IST(24/2/2012) | Last Updated: 14:41 IST(24/2/2012)

Saif Ali Khan, who has been accused of assaulting NRI businessman Iqbal Meer Sharma, has filed a counter complaint against him saying he acted only in defense. A picture doing the rounds shows the actor in a torn shirt post the incident.

India TV today telecast a picture of Saif in a torn shirt sitting inside Taj restaurant soon after the scuffle with Iqbal Sharma. Police procured this photograph from the hotel management in course of investigation, reported the TV channel.

At a press conference for his upcoming flick Agent Vinod, Saif said: "This is not a publicity stunt. I hope this matter gets sorted out soon. I feel sorry for what has happened."

Saif in defence said the businessman's father-in-law hit him first and the duo even abused the ladies with him. "I was hit first. And as shocking as it may seem, the elderly gentleman hit me. I'm not sure what provoked him. I was only defending myself. I don't think any gentleman would have behaved any differently than what I did. I am confident that justice will be done. I think they (police) have the CCTV footage from the restaurant and that will prove everything," Saif said.

Saif Ali Khan escorted by the police (Reuters); (inset) Saif post brawl at the Taj hotel (Pic courtesy: India TV).
The actor was accompanied by girlfriend Kareena Kapoor and her sister Karisma, Malaika Arora Khan and her sister Amrita with her husband Shakeel Ladak and Bilal Amrohi, a producer. Malaika said: "Saif has given his statement, and I'm happy that he got a chance to give his side of the story. We want people to know that it wasn't a one-sided brawl."

Who initiated the brawl is still a mystery that needs to be solved!
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