India legspinner Amit Mishra has been arrested, and subsequently released on bail, in Bangalore in connection with the case of assault filed against him by a woman on October 20. Mishra, who had been asked to report to the police within seven days, was charged with sexual harassment and causing grievous hurt under Indian Penal Code sections 325 and 354.
“It is a bailable offence. A chargesheet will be prepared and submitted in the court,” Bangalore’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, central division, Sandeep Patil, said. He said Mishra, who had been interrogated for two hours, was free to travel outside Bangalore.
Patil had last week said the woman who had pressed charges was known to Mishra and the alleged incident occurred in end-September, when the Indian team was in Bangalore for a training camp ahead of the South Africa tour.
Mishra is part of the India Test squad that will play South Africa in a four-match series beginning on November 7 in Mohali; the squad is due to assemble on November 2. The BCCI is yet to formally react to the matter.
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