Cricketer Amit Mishra was released on bail on Monday afternoon after being arrested by Bengaluru Police earlier in the day in connection with an assault case filed by a woman. The complainant, who is a 35-year-old woman, had alleged that the leg-spinner had physically assaulted and abused her in a hotel room in Bengaluru last month.
According to reports the cricketer was arrested after a three-hour long grilling session at Ashok Nagar police station. Mishra appeared before the police after they had summoned him to do so last week.
Mishra has been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon or means).
As a relief for Mishra, all of these charges were bailable offences. But if convicted, the leg-spinner may face up to seven years in prison.
Last week, Bengaluru Police had summoned Mishra to appear before it in a week’s time. Mishra was arrested after a complaint was filed by a woman alleging assault by the team India cricketer.
The woman in her complaint had claimed that Mishra, whom she knew for 3 years, had assaulted her in a hotel room where the cricketer was staying along with the Indian team. The Indian team were in Bengaluru last month for a training camp.
The complainant alleged that she had gone to Mishra’s room in his absence, and when Mishra came, they had a heated argument following which the cricketer assaulted and abused her.
The spin bowler is part of the Indian Test squad for first two Tests against South Africa, who are currently touring India.
(With inputs from PTI)