February 23, 2012 10:40:42 AM IST updated February 23, 2012 03:44:24 PM IST IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, who was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of assaulting a South African businessman and his father-in-law in a restaurant the night before, is released on bail. His statement was recorded in the case by the Colaba police station. He had to furnish a surety bond of Rs 3000, reports said.
The actor stated, "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."
Khan 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 CCTV footage in the restaurant 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."
Saif landed himself in the mess after serious allegations of assault on a South African businessman and his father-in-law in an upscale restaurant in Mumbai on Tuesday night were lodged against him. Saif reached Colaba police station during night after the summons and after remaining incommunicado, reports said. A case was registered against Khan in the Colaba police station under section 325 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly punching Iqbal Sharma and his father-in-law at one at a top hotel's restaurant in Mumbai.