Model turned actor Shayan Munshi arrested
Model turned actor Shayan Munshi was arrested at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata. Shayan was arrested in connection with the ongoing trial of the Jessica Lall murder case. Munshi is a key witness in the murder of late model Jessica Lall, he later turned hostile which led to the case collapsing. The case was earlier tried in a Delhi court and all nine accused were acquitted. But due to public pressure the case has once again been re-opened and a re-trail is soon to follow.
Shayan and his wife Piya Rai Choudhary were about to take a long overdue honeymoon to Bangkok. Kolkata law official Raj Kanojia said “Munshi was arrested on the basis of the look-out notice issued by the Delhi Police”. Munshi was detained at the airport police station for more than an hour. He was later granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 5000. The Barrackpore court ordered Munshi to deposit his passport with airport officials and also asked the police to file a complaint by 18 May.
The actor’s wife Piya said “We have been busy since our marriage in December. Today we were leaving for our honeymoon in Bangkok. We were asked to sit aside at the airport. It happened because of a miscommunication between the economic offenses wing, Delhi and Kolkata police and immigration department.” The Delhi police maintained that a look-out notice was issued against Munshi along with a transit remand that debarred him from leaving the country without prior information to the Delhi police. However sources close to the actor stated that Shayan was confused and even unaware that the look-out notice prevented him from leaving the country.
Munshi was a struggling model when model Jessica Lall was murdered in Delhi. He was present along with several other witnesses at a restaurant, Tamarind Court on the fateful night. Shayan had then willingly filed a First Information Report (FIR), but later retracted his statement citing several reasons.
Shayan and Piya were in Kolkata for the filming of The Bong Connection. Shayan has also been seen in music videos and films like Jhankaar Beats and My Brother Nikhil.