The Bandra police arrested the 40-year-old son of BCCI president N Srinivasan for allegedly assaulting a police constable at a Bandra-based pub on Monday night. He was released on a surety of Rs15,000 after being produced before a magistrate’s court on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the police, Ashwin Srinivasan was consuming alcohol at Escobar with a friend, Avi Mukherjee, when, at around 1.30am, the pub authorities asked the duo to leave as it was past their deadline. But Srinivasan refused to pay his bill of Rs. 28,000, and allegedly abused the staff, following which they alerted the police.
“We sent a mobile police van to the spot. When the two constables asked Srinivasan to pay the bill and leave, he abused them. He was in an inebriated condition,” said DS Patil, inspector of Bandra police station.
“The constables then escorted Srinivasan and Mukherjee to the police van, but while in the lift, Srinivasan punched constable Shankar Khavre in the left eye. He was then arrested and brought to Bandra police station,” said Patil.
The police said that Srinivasan was held under Indian Penal Code sections 332 (deterring a public servant from discharging his duty), 353 (assaulting a public servant), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
“He was bailed on Tuesday afternoon. No one came for him till then,” said Patil.
The police said that while Mukherjee had not assaulted the policeman, he was supporting Srinivasan in the act. The BCCI chief did not respond to calls and SMSes.