Nawazuddin files cross-FIR against five people over ‘false allegation’

Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Monday filed a cross-FIR against five people following a woman’s complaint that he pushed her and behaved inappropriately during a dispute over parking space. The National Award-winning actor says it is a false allegation.

A woman named Heena Sheikh filed the complaint at the Versova police station on Sunday against the “Manjhi: The Mountain Man” actor claiming that he misbehaved with her.

In her complaint, Heena, 24, daughter of Soni Dandekar, the chairman of Zohra Aghadi Nagar housing society at Yari Road, also claimed she was manhandled by Nawazuddin’s bodyguards.

However, Nawazuddin has denied that he knows the woman.

“I have come to know that there is a girl named Heena Sheikh who has put this assault allegation on me. Even I’m not aware who she is or if she stays in the society or not, or where she stays. It is a false allegation that has been put on me,” Nawazuddin told reporters here while talking about the issue outside the Versova police station on Monday.

Nawazuddin, who recorded his statement at the police station, said there was no notice sent to him. He even denied having visited the police station for bail, saying “there was no need for bail”.

“The police didn’t summon us, but being a responsible citizen, I came here along with my lawyer and recorded my statement about how false the allegation is. And we have stated what the actual incident was.”

He said he wants the “false charge” on him to be removed as he had put in his money to clean up the area in front of his office premises.

“We had built it as numerous people come to meet us and they should find it clean. Earlier, it was very dirty. The society members even appreciated me for the same… All the society members are with us. All want the false charge on me to be removed,” he said.

When asked if he was being maligned for monetary reasons, the National Award winner said: “There are several reasons and it’s there in it (statement).”

Talking about the incident, Nawazuddin’s manager said that two men and three women barged into the actor’s office here on Sunday to meet him and give him a notice to vacate the area in front of his office.

However, since Nawaz never claimed that the area was his, there was no question of vacating it, said the manager.

Nawazuddin’s lawyer said the matter is in the investigation stage.

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