Singer Abhijeet arrested for abusing woman, released on bail

Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya was arrested and later released him on bail on charges of abusing a woman online, the Mumbai Police said. The Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) cyber police arrested the singer on July 26, but was granted bail on spot, The Indian Express reported.

“Abhijeet was arrested in July on the basis of the FIR against him for online abuse. However, since it was a bailable offence, he was given bail soon after the arrest,” the reported quoted DCP (cyber) Sachin Patil as saying.

Police registered an FIR against the singer on July 14 after senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Preeti Sharma Menon complained against him for making offensive comments on against a woman journalist on Twitter. The singer had referred to the woman as “ugly” and “picchly” in a tweet concerning journalist Swati Chaturvedi.

Abhijeet was booked under Sections 500 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code for defamation and outraging the modesty of a woman, as well as under Section 67 of The Information Technology Act for publishing obscene material.

The AAP member also, in a series of tweets on Friday, informed about Abhijeet’s arrest and revealed that the singer’s phone was confiscated and his “offensive” tweets deleted.

“Shame on a man whose son has to bail him out on a case of abusing women#AbuserAbhijeetArrested

[email protected] arrested @abhijeetsinger on my complaint on 26/07, released him on bail later. Serves him right @bainjal

[email protected]'s phone confiscated, sent for forensics. Cops made Twitter order him to delete offensive tweets or shut handle @bainjal

The police are waiting for the forensic report of the cell phone, after which a chargesheet will be filed against him, senior officials said.

After the incident, Abhijeet had tweeted his frustration at the outrage and wrote, “I’m a man, a son, a dad, a bro trolled n abused by lady presstitute & her Paki frnds abused my nation whom to contact?” On Friday, he even complained that he is paying the price of “being a nationalist in Bollywood.”