Actress gets bail in cop assault case

 The fifth Additional City Municipal Magistrate (ACMM) Court on Saturday granted bail to Kannada actress Maitreyi and her relatives Roopa, Supriya and Rekha, who were accused of assaulting a traffic policeman and preventing him from discharging his duty.

Judge Shantha S, who heard the matter, granted conditional bail and adjourned the hearing to May 31.

Accordingly, the accused have to furnish a bond of Rs 25,000 and appear before the investigation officer at least twice a month.

All the four accused were released from Central Prisons in Parappana Agrahara by evening after the bail order copy was produced. The actress’ relatives claimed she was innocent and held the police responsible for the incident.

“My daughter was not well for the past few days. She retaliated only when the traffic police abused her in a filthy language,” Maitreyi’s mother Indira Puttaswamy said.

“The traffic police did not behave well with my daughter and relatives. They did not even bother to listen to her requests,” she added.

The actress said: “I jumped the traffic signal. But I immediately stopped the car when the traffic police directed me to do so. He provoked me to retaliate by using objectionable words,” she claimed.

Vijayanagar traffic police station constable Shivakumar stopped the car in which Maitreyi and others were travelling near National School Junction on West of Chord Road on Friday afternoon after they jumped the signal. They allegedly abused Shivakumar and thrashed him when he directed them to pay fine. He sustained minor injuries on his lips.

Basaveshwaranagar police registered three cases under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 322 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC against them.

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