Actor Vijay Raaz arrested on charges of harassment
Bollywood actor Vijay Raaz, who is known for his Kauwa Biriyani scene in the movie ‘Run’, was arrested by Gondia’s Ramnagar police in eastern Maharashtra on Tuesday morning, on charges of molesting a colleague in the under-production film ‘Sherni’ in a hotel lobby and also on the set. He was released on bail by a local court the same day.
Raaz has been booked under section 354A and 354D of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), where a conviction can lead to imprisonment up to three years along with a fine.
The offense had been registered late on Monday evening. The police did not disclose the place from where Raaz was arrested. SP Vishwa Pansare said action permissible under the law has been duly taken.
It’s learned that the Vidya Balan-starrer ‘Sherni’ had resumed shooting at Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh after the pandemic break. The cast and crew of the film were staying at a hotel in Gondia, which is around 40km away from the shooting location.
Sources from Gondia police said Raaz’s colleague said she was targeted by the actor on a number of occasions between October 25 and 29. The woman is learned to have narrated her plight to her family members, who shared it with an acquaintance, who is a senior officer in Mumbai.
DIG, Naxal range, Sandip Patil said the offense was registered immediately after the complaint was lodged. “We acted promptly due to the sensitivity of the case,” he said.
News Desk, Ne India News