Saif Ali Khan has been granted bail after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma and his father-in-law. Iqbal claims that Saif and his friends Shakeel Ladak (Amrita Arora's husband) and Bilal Amrohi attacked him and his father in law after an argument at Wasabi restaurant, at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai last night, leaving Iqbal with a bleeding and fractured nose.
Saif was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), a bailable offence. He was arrested at his lawyer's chamber in South Mumbai's Nariman Point area and taken to the Colaba police station. Saif was granted bail on a surety bond of Rs. 3000, within an hour of his arrest.
While Iqbal maintains that Saif and his friends assaulted him, the actor himself has a different story to tell. In an official statement issued to the media, Saif Ali Khan said, "There was an ugly incident last night where my friends and the ladies with us were abused and I was assaulted.
I was hit and I defended myself. I have been to the police station to answer the requirements of law as I am a law abiding citizen. I have also filed a complaint about what happened last night and I am confident justice will be done."
Saif further added, "I have seen the interviews given on TV and they look like decent people and I cannot believe that the same people were so aggressive the night before and the lies that they are saying about me with such straight faces. I think they have the CC TV footage in the restaurant and that will prove everything. I hope the media is able to remain impartial while the matter is being decided. I don't think any gentleman would have behaved differently"
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