Vidyut Jammwal acquitted in 2007 assault case: What is the controversy about?

On Monday, city metropolitan court acquitted actor Vidyut Jammwal and model Hrishant Goswami, of assault and rioting charges in a 2007 case. The court has stated "lack of evidence" as the cause of acquittal.

According to Hindustan Times, Jammwal was accused of attacking a businessman in 2007. The incident took place on intervening night of August 31 and September 1, 2007, Jammwal was partying with his friends at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai. According to the complaint filed with the police, Rahul Suri, a Juhu-based businessman, allegedly accidently pushed Jamwal’s friends while they were coming out of the hotel. This, according to them, led to a fist fight between them, and Suri alleged that Jammwal too beat him up and smashed a bottle on his head.

Later, the businessman approached the Vakola police station and filed a complaint. Jammwal was charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt, rioting, armed with a weapon and being part of an unlawful assembly. Aniket Nikam, counsel for the duo, told the leading daily, “There was no evidence before the court to establish their [Jammwal and Goswami’s] culpability much less their presence at the spot. The complainant victim was also not examined.” After hearing the defence’s argument, the metropolitan magistrate Pragati Yerlekar acquitted Jammwal and Goswami of the charges of causing hurt by dangerous weapons and rioting.

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