HC asks ac­tor to file un­der­tak­ing say­ing he won’t as­sault again

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ar­maan Kohli

MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay high court on Thursday said it was will­ing to quash the crim­i­nal case against ac­tor Ar­maan Kohli with the con­sent of the com­plainant – his live-in part­ner Neeru Rand­hawa– pro­vided he files an af­fi­davit ex­press­ing re­morse about the as­sault and sub­mits an un­der­tak­ing that he will not re­peat such acts.

“Ul­ti­mately, we are also con­cerned with what hap­pens in the so­ci­ety,” said the di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tice RM Sa­vant and Jus­tice Re­vati Mo­hite-dere. “It can’t be so me­chan­i­cal that some­body walks in and we quash the pro­ceed­ings. Your client will have to do some­thing more than this (merely fil­ing a pe­ti­tion) …ex­press re­gret, re­morse about the in­ci­dent and give an un­der­tak­ing,” the judges told Kohli’s lawyer, Satish Maneshinde. Maneshinde ac­cepted the sug­ges­tion and sought a day’s time to file the af­fi­davit. Ac­cord­ingly, the court has posted Kohli’s pe­ti­tion for fur­ther hear­ing on Friday.

The San­tacruz po­lice had on June 3 reg­is­tered a case against Kohli af­ter record­ing Rand­hawa’s state­ment who was get­ting treated for her in­juries at a hos­pi­tal. She had al­leged that the ac­tor – her live-in part­ner for more than three-and-half years –abused her, pushed her down the stairs and also banged her head on the floor dur­ing an argument over some fi­nan­cial mat­ters. She sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries to her fore­head.

Kohli was booked un­der sec­tions 323, 326, 504 and 506 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. The ac­tor was even­tu­ally ar­rested in Lon­avla on Tuesday. He was pre­sented be­fore a metropoli­tan mag­is­trate at Ban­dra on Wednesday, which re­manded him in ju­di­cial cus­tody and re­fused to re­lease him on bail.

In the mean­while, with the in­ter­ven­tion of fam­ily mem­bers, Kohli and Rand­hawa re­solved the is­sue am­i­ca­bly, and as stated by Kohli in his pe­ti­tion, Rand­hawa agreed not to pur­sue her com­plaint fur­ther. Ac­cord­ingly, she sub­mit­ted a let­ter to that ef­fect to San­tacruz po­lice sta­tion on June 6.

HT FILE

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