Actor Armaan Kohli was on Monday arrested from the set of "Bigg Boss Saath-7" following a complaint filed by British singer-actress Sofia Hayat for allegedly assaulting her during their stay in the reality show, a police official said.
"Armaan is in the police station and the investigation is going on. He was taken under custody at around 11 pm (Monday). The investigation is on and things will be clear after that ," an official from the Lonavala police station said.
A source from channel Colors, which airs the popular show, too confirmed that Armaan was arrested on Monday night.
Sofia filed her complaint at the Santa Cruz police station here Dec 11, just days after her eviction from the TV show. During her stay on the show, an argument had broken out between her and Armaan. Armaan ended up hitting Sofia with a mop and that left her hurt.
"Following the complaint by Hayat, an FIR was registered against co-contestant Armaan Kohli," Arun Chavan, Senior Inspector at Santacruz police station, had told.
The Santacruz Police, after registering a case, transferred the complaint to their counterparts in Lonavala in Pune district, who conducted further probe into the matter.
Kohli has been booked under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 a (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.
After filing of the FIR, the 29-year-old actress had tweeted: "Police report done. I'm exhausted with today!. The police have been amazing. Santacruz police have been very professional and courteous."
Armaan’s family in return had retaliated by threatening to file a defamation suit against the British singer and model.
During her stay, Sofia had quarrel with fellow contestants Tanishaa, Ajaz Khan, but her arguments with Armaan Kohli allegedly turned ugly and violent. During the show, she also demanded the eviction of Armaan for his unruly behaviour.
Armaan, who has worked in films like "Virodhi", "Aulad Ke Dushman" and "Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani", has been in the spotlight on "Bigg Boss Saath-7" several times due to his temper.
The show, hosted by Bollywood star Salman Khan, features celebrities from different walks of life who are made to live together in a secluded house with over 80 well-placed cameras which pry on their activities 24X7.
After the news broke, people took to Twitter to express their opinions. Here is how they reacted:
@sofiahayat a slap on the face on male chauvinism.. enough of underestimating women for these outdated Indian men. good job girl. well done.
— Amrita (@Travel_Addict_) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat really happy for u that u got justice..hope armaan never returns back to bigboss again..you made your fans proud.lots of love..
— SAVI (@Luvunaruto) December 16, 2013
— Vini (@Vini150976) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat we dont have words to express our happiness u rocked sofia glad u fought till the end keep rocking:)
— nadeem siddiq (@nadmi82) December 16, 2013
As an overseas citizen of India..today I'm proud for every woman..and Hindustan..
— sofia hayat (@sofiahayat) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat Gauhar will win this BB7 but the real winner come out is you. & we are sure Gauhar and you both have fabulous carrier ahead.
— Royal Madness (@Unst0ppab1e) December 16, 2013
I salute to you @sofiahayat for showing that courage!
— dEeN mOhAmMaD (@BeingDeen) December 16, 2013
— Suhana (@Suhana1987) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat proud of u sofia.....that shit face needed this Love u more
— noaf (@noaf19) December 16, 2013
— SANDHU ITALIA (@maninder8006) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat good job n now make sure dat he remains there for the longest
— Vinay Daryani (@vinay_1188) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat Way to go Madam! You made us so proud! We are all with you!! ;)
— Rachana Sengupta (@rachanasen) December 16, 2013
We are with you @sofiahayat now They will Try to Create External Pressure on you. So be Strong and Fight them.
— Chetan Prakash Singh (@iamchetansingh) December 16, 2013
@SofiaHayat THANK YOU for setting a good example We hope the Indian Police plays its part & does not let Armaan get away without punishment!
— ADeity (@Spiritised) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat now dats a Victory..kudos for standing up for ur rights n giving it back to him "right in his f*ckin face"
— saq2204 (@saq2204) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat That disgusting women abuser finally got what he deserves! Proud of u sofia!
— rimjhim bathla (@RimjhimBathla) December 16, 2013
— Sudhanshu (@sud2rock) December 16, 2013
@sofiahayat Wow! So hApppy....slap on bigg boss and arman kohli!! FinAlly got justice...
— Riddhi shah (@ShahRiddhishah) December 16, 2013