Actor Om Puri arrested, released on bail in assault case

Noted actor Om Puri was today arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, and later released on a bail bond, police said.

“The actor was arrested after he surrendered before the police and later granted bail on a bond of Rs 10,000 today,” Senior Inspector Harishchandra Parmale of Versova police station told PTI.

As per complaint by Om’s wife Nandita, the actor assaulted her with a wooden stick on August 22 at their suburban residence.

The 62-year-old actor was booked under sections 324 (causing hurt by dangerous means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, Parmale said.

According to sources, Puri was scheduled to fly abroad tonight.

As per the police case, Puri and his wife had an argument over maintenance of their flat in Versova area, after which he allegedly assaulted her with a stick. She lodged complaint on the same day.

Earlier today, the sessions court disposed of the anticipatory bail application filed Puri, as his lawyer told the court that the actor wanted to withdraw the plea.

This was preceded by police’s submission to the court that Puri was charged under bailable offences, and his lawyer advocate Nitin Pradhan said they would approach the police for the bail if he was arrested.