Actor Aditya Pancholi nabbed for pub brawl, gets bail
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi was arrested today for a brawl in a pub, officials here said adding that he was later granted bail by a Mumbai magistrate.
“Aditya Pancholi was arrested today (Sunday) morning… He had a fight with one of the bouncers at a pub in Hotel Sea Princess,” an official told IANS.
According to police, Pancholi, 50, assaulted a security guard (bouncer) at the pub. The incident occurred around Saturday midnight at the Trilogy Pub in Hotel Sea Princess, adjacent to Juhu Beach.
An allegedly inebriated Pancholi asked the DJ to play some favourite Hindi movie songs since only western numbers were being played, but the DJ rejected his request.
Pancholi had a loud argument with the DJ and even caused some damage to the pub counter, following which the hotel security staff intervened and asked the actor to leave the premises.
Enraged by this, Pancholi abused and pushed the security guard, Mandar Patole, 28, and whacked him on the head with his mobile even as he was being excorted out of the hotel.
The Santacruz police, who were summoned by the hotel, whisked him away and after conducting a medical test, placed him under arrest early on Sunday.
He was charged under various sections pertaining to criminal intimidation, public nuisance and breach of peace, and assault charges by the Santacruz police.
Later on Sunday afternoon, he was presented in a magistrate’s court at Bandra, which granted him bail after judicial remand.
This is not the first time that Pancholi has found himself in trouble. In 2003, he was booked for attacking his neighbour following a parking brawl at his housing society in Versova.
Last year, he again grabbed headline when he allegedly roughed up a woman journalist for asking uncomfortable questions about his son, Sooraj Pancholi.
Sooraj, who was allegedly in a live-in relationship with actress-model Jiah Khan, was arrested on June 10, 2013 for abetting her suicide on June 3, 2013.
The Bombay High Court granted him bail on July 2, 2013. Jiah’s mother, Rabia Khan, has held Sooraj responsible for her daughter’s suicide.