Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cops ask 20 people to recount bar row

TRYST WITH COPS: (Left) Archit Jaykar and Ritik Bhasin

Swati Deshpande & Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: A day after getting interim anticipatory bail from a sessions court judge, advocate Archit Jaykar and co-accusedRitikBhasin, partner in LIV lounge bar, marked their attendance at the MRA Marg police station on Wednesday. The court had ordered that they should present themselves for an hour every evening for three days at the police station to get their statements recorded.
 Meanwhile, additional commissioner of police Krishna Prasad has sought statements and a factual recount from about 20 people who were present at LIV early Saturday morning, when the bar was raided for staying open beyond the 1.30am deadline and nearly 200 patrons were hauled to the MRA Marg police station. The 20 people are expected to give their statements by Friday.
 The police have charged Jaykar andBhasin under four sections, including assault and obstructing the police from doing their duty. Police said Jaykar and Bhasin threatened officers on duty with dire consequences, while the duo has maintained thattheyonly questionedwhy women had been brought to the MRA Marg police station without justification.
    On Wednesday, Jaykar and Bhasin were asked to give their statements in writing, which they will submit on Thursday.“Theofficer was very polite and we marked our attendance,” said Jaykar.  He said they also met Prasad for more than half-anhour at Byculla.
    On Tuesday, the duo had sought anticipatory bail from a sessions court judge as they said the sections invoked against them were non-bailable. Their lawyer Aabad Ponda pointed out that, if the alleged offence attracts a punishment of up to seven years, the police must first issue a notice to appear at the police station. In this case, the maximum punishment for obstructing the police from doing their duty is two years in jail.

    Senior inspector Padmakar Juikar confirmed that the two went to the police station on Wednesday.“Whether they admit they manhandled the police or not, we have electronic evidence to prove it. Thetwowillbe visiting the police station for the next two days and our investigation is continuing,” said Juikar. “We have to probe the case from all angles and we have evidence in CDs now.”

The Times of India, November 1, 2012

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