Designer Rohit Bal arrested after brawl over parking space
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Designer Rohit Bal arrested after brawl over parking space

Fashion designer Rohit Bal was arrested on charges of illegal trespassing, causing nuisance under influence of liquor and threatening.

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2017 12:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Police said Rohit Bal was allegedly in an inebriated state at the time of the incident. Bal’s cook and driver have also been arrested.(HT Photo)

Fashion designer Rohit Bal was arrested on Friday along with his friend and two employees for allegedly trespassing on a neighbour’s property, threatening him and creating ruckus following an argument over a parking space in south Delhi’s Defence Colony. Police said the incident took place around 3am and Bal was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident.

Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of police (south), said that a case under Sections 451 (house trespass), 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person), 506 (criminal intimidation), 427 (causing mischief and damage), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC was registered on the neighbour Iqbal Singh’s complaint.

“Singh alleged that Rohit Bal, along with his friend Lalit Kumar, and two employees Ramesh and Pramod had forcefully entered his home while being under the influence of alcohol. They threatened the complainant and created a ruckus. We registered a case and arrested the four men,” said the DCP. All four men were subsequently granted bail since the sections of the IPC under which they were booked were all bailable.

When contacted, Bal told Hindustan Times, there were no arrests. “It was just a slight argument pertaining to a parking space problem. It happens all the time. My neighbour and I am sorting it out. The police were very cooperative,” Bal said in a text message.

Singh, who is a transporter, told the police that around 3am, Bal who lives in his neighbourhood arrived outside his home ‘drunk’ and started abusing and misbehaving with his security guard Dharmendra Kumar.

The complainant alleged that Bal wanted to park his car outside his home where Singh’s car was already parked. Bal allegedly wanted Singh’s car be removed from the spot. After allegedly abusing and threatening the security guard, Bal and three other men made Dharmendra open the gate.

“They (Bal and his men) then started knocking at the door of the family living on the ground floor. The occupants came out and requested Bal to return home and resolve the parking space issue later in the day,” said a police officer, quoting the complaint.

Bal and the men then allegedly forcibly entered Singh’s home and threatened him. Singh alleged that he also damaged his two phones and created a ruckus. By the time a police team reached after receiving Singh’s call, Bal, his friend Lalit, driver Ramesh and staff Pramod had reached the Defence Colony police station.

The complainant could not be contacted for a comment despite repeated calls and a texts.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 14:59 IST