Assault case: Ten years later, Vidyut Jamwal to face trial

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The ghosts of his past have now come to haunt actor Vidyut Jamwal as the trial of a ten-year-old case of alleged assault will finally begin against him at the magistrate’s court in Bandra.
On Tuesday, a metropolitan magistrate read out all the sections from the Indian Penal Code under which Jamwal will be tried along with another accused model Hrishnat Suresh Goswami for allegedly smashing a bottle on a Juhu resident’s head.

The 36-year-old actor has been charged with sections dealing with voluntarily causing grievous hurt, rioting, armed with a weapon, being a part of an unlawful assembly and common intention. If found guilty of the charges, he can be jailed up to three years.

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The trial would have started earlier, but Jamwal did not show up for the hearing in the case despite summons issued by the court. It was only then that a non-bailable warrant was issued against him to ensure his presence in the court.

The ‘Commando 2’ star finally appeared in the court around noon on Tuesday after which the warrant was cancelled. After the charges were read out by the judge, he was given an opportunity to either accept the allegations or face trial.

The court framed the charges after Jamwal pleaded not guilty.

‘Action-packed’ party of 2007

In the intervening night August 31 and September 1, 2007, Jamwal was partying with a bunch of friends at the Grand Hayatt Hotel. As they were leaving the hotel at 2 pm, Rahul Suri, a Juhu businessman, allegedly inadvertently pushed one of the actor’s friends.

A fight broke out and Suri was allegedly beaten up by Jamwal and his friend Goswami. It was also alleged that Goswami smashed a glass bottle on Suri’s head. While initially Goswami was arrested, Suri said during an identification parade that Jamwal was the other person who had assaulted him.

The police have said that there was no other witness to the incident. They are relying on the statement of a friend of Goswami to show their presence at the scene.

 Jamwal’s lawyer Aniket Nikam said, “This is an old case where the offence alleged is of causing hurt. My client is innocent and we will follow the due process of law.”
The case will be heard next in the last week of May.