Working partner of LIV club, Hrithik Bhasin, and lawyer Archit Jaykar were granted protection from arrest by the Sessions court on Tuesday till November 22. The court has directed police not to arrest them till further orders.
The two have been booked for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from discharging his duty and for criminal intimidation after they got into an argument on Saturday night following a raid at the club.
As per the prosecution’s case, early on Saturday, the police had gone to the club that had stayed open beyond the closing time of 1.30am and rounded up around 200 patrons and taken them to the MRA Marg police station. The police said Jaykar, a lawyer, and his friend, Bhasin, began to argue with the police and then allegedly helped others detained at the police station to escape. The police also alleged the two had assaulted police officers.
Jaykar and Bhasin denied all allegations and on Monday moved the Sessions court for anticipatory bail. The bail plea came up for hearing on Tuesday where the advocates for the two men argued that they had been falsely implicated.
The two have, in their bail application, also alleged that the police action was wrong. They have stated that the police had wrongfully detained 200 people for more than two hours. In the bail application, the two also alleged that the women among the patrons were manhandled by police officers and there were no women officers during the initial 45 minutes of the raid.
The prosecution, objecting to the bail application, alleged that they needed to investigate the case and gather more evidence including CCTV footage.
The court, however, after the hearing concluded that the duo was entitled to interim protection. The court has asked them to present themselves at the police station for three days – October 31 and November 1 and 2. The case will be heard again on November 22.
Police trying to identify those who fled police station
Mumbai: Three days after the police raided LIV Club at Kala Ghoda for operating beyond the permitted time, the MRA Marg police began the process of identifying those who fled the police station after they were rounded up and brought there.
The investigators will now send summons to the detained patrons who have been identified, and ask them to come to the police station to assist the investigation.
With rising controversy over police action against the patrons who were rounded up and brought to the police station following the raid, the police claimed they had to do so as the patrons began arguing. Also, as they were in large numbers, it became difficult for police to record names and addresses and penalise them under sections 110 of the Bombay Police Act, at the club.
Padmakar Juikar, senior inspector of MRA Marg police station, said, “We have formed teams and the process of identifying those patrons is underway and summons will be sent soon.”
The police said their action was objective and there was relevant evidence in the form of footage from a CCTV camera inside the club, which showed people dancing to loud music as late as 2.15am. The police said they would thoroughly investigate the case.