Actor claims he came to know about the case against him only after he started receiving calls from media persons
A day after actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was booked for outraging a woman’s modesty by Versova police on Monday afternoon, it has come to the fore that the actor and his wife lodged a complaint against six persons for trespassing into their apartment and manhandling her. Two of the accused are society members of the Zohra Aghadi Co-op Housing Society where the Siddiquis reside. The FIR was lodged on Monday night.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui outside Versova Police Station yesterday. Pic/PTI
In her complaint, Nawazuddin’s wife claimed that six persons barged into their home on Monday morning, including two society members who were later identified as Soni Dandekar and Khalil.
She claimed that after entering the house, they started abusing her. She was even manhandled by one of them. She said the actor was having a bath, when she was assaulted.
An FIR was registered against the six under sections 143 and 149 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 452 (house-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
‘It’s all rubbish’
Speaking to mid-day, Nawazuddin said, “The moment I entered the living room, a woman started video recording us on her cellphone. Initially I thought she was an overzealous fan who had entered the house. But I identified Dandekar and Khalil. Later, I realised that the woman was recording the ruckus. When I asked them to leave the house, they threatened me of dire consequences and said they would use their media connections to defame me.”
Refuting the allegations that he had encroached on the common parking area, Nawazuddin said the disputed area was covered with weed and wild bush and that it was he who took the initiative of clearing it so that society residents could use it to park two-wheelers.
He even rubbished the allegations of molesting a woman. Nawazuddin claimed he came to know about the case only after he started receiving calls from media persons. He said it was after discovering that the woman, who was speaking to TV channels about the alleged molestation, was the one recording the footage at his home, that the actor and his wife decided to approach the Versova police station.