Mumbai: Television actor Pearl V Puri was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Friday night (June 4). He was arrested in Vasai in connection with the rape of a minor.
The Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) police arrested him on Friday night with the help of the personnel of Amboli police station, an official said. The complaint against Puri was lodged by the minor victim and her family members, he added.
Based on the complaint, an FIR against him was registered at Waliv police station in Vasai, the official said. The actor has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.
Pearl V is yet to issue a statement regarding the case. However, his Naagin co-star Anita Hassnandani has dismissed the accusation against Pearl. Taking to her official Instagram handle, Anita stated that she feels he would never indulge in any such act.
“Woke up to some nonsensical news bout @pearlvpuri, I know him! It is NOT true … canNOT be true…. all lies. I’m sure there is more to it. And the truth will be out soon. Love you @pearlvpuri #ISTANDWITHPEARL”, wrote Anita along with a picture of Pearl.
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Pearl who made his television debut with Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat in 2013, is known for starring in the popular supernatural show Naagin 3, Naagarjuna Ek Yoddha and Bepanah Pyaar. He was last seen in Brahmarakshas 2.
(With inputs from PTI)