Amit Mishra granted bail arrested after three hours of quizzing

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Cricketer Amit Mishra was on Tuesday arrested and then released on bail in an assault case filed by a woman in Bengaluru.

The complainant had alleged that Mishra assaulted her in his room in a hotel on Residency Road he was in Bangalore for training in September end. Mishra arrived at the Cubbon Park police station at 11 am and spent close to three hours with Ashok Nagar police inspector Vijaya Hadagali.

 Since the offence was bailable in nature, Mishra duly got the bail but on the condition that he would appear before the police or the court whenever his presence is required in relation to the case.

“We questioned him for two to two-and-half hours today and then he was arrested,” Sandeep Patil, Bengaluru’s Deputy Commissioner of police, central division, was quoted as saying by Reuters.“He was later granted bail as it’s a bailable offence.

“We will have to gather more evidence now before we file the chargesheet against him.”
The woman, who claims to be a friend of the cricketer, had alleged that Mishra had assaulted her in his hotel room. Complaint was registered during the last week of September.

“I am waiting for Mishra to appear in the police station. We both will amicably withdraw the case. We were friends. We fought, and continue to remain friends here after,” the complainant had said on Oct 22.

The police had asked Mishra to appear before them in a week’s time. Mishra was booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 328 (causing hurt with intent to commit an offence).

She clarified that that she has not taken the step under pressure.

“There was no pressure from any quarters, including the BCCI. I am surprised how the media picked up the case, which I have decided to withdraw,” she said.

The woman in her complaint had claimed that she has known Mishra for the past 3 years and the alleged incident took place in a hotel room where the cricketer was staying when he came to the city along with the Indian team for a training camp last month.

The complainant had said she went to Mishra’s room in his absence. At that time, Mishra also came there and had a heated argument following which, she alleged, he assaulted her and abused her. Consequently, an FIR was lodged. Mishra had been booked under Indian Penal Code sections including 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).

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