Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife lodged a counter FIR against five fellow residents of a housing society in Mumbai for allegedly rioting and threatening her after he was booked on the charge of assaulting and misbehaving with a woman over a parking row in the complex.
Police on Monday said the complaint by Siddiqui's wife Aaliya was lodged on Sunday night with Versova police against five persons of the housing society in suburban Andheri including the complainant, hours after she named the actor in an FIR alleging assault.
"It's a cross complaint as yesterday afternoon a woman had lodged a case against the actor who stays in the same society. We have registered the FIR," a police official said.
The statements of the actor, his wife, and the five persons named in the second FIR were recorded today, the official said.
Siddiqui rejected the assault allegations against him as false.
"Police did not summon me. But being a responsible person and citizen I came with my lawyer and recorded my statement. I briefed about the actual incident and told police that the complaint was false," he said.
Police have booked the five persons under sections 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 452 (house-trespass) etc. of IPC.
The official said no arrests have been made so far in connection with both the cases.
Versova police had last night registered an FIR against Siddiqui under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) after the woman filed complaint against the actor accusing him of assaulting her over the parking place row.
The woman had claimed that the actor had slapped her during the heated exchange.
Siddiqui's lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said that the actor was considering filing a defamation suit against the complainant.
"The actor may file a defamation suit against the complainant after the police files report in the case," he said.
In a related development, a statement issued by Siddiqui's PR agency claimed that the woman who had filed FIR against the actor yesterday was not from the society.
The actor was informed by the housing society not to park his four-wheeler at the place as it is reserved for parking two-wheelers, police said.
"The complainant is not from society, neither in relation of the chairperson. It is completely a false allegation to defame the personality. In fact, five people had barged into our office and demanded to meet Siddiqui for some notice to be issued," the statement said.
"When Mrs. Siddiqui asked them to hand over the notice, they denied saying they want to meet Nawaz and one of the five persons including the complainant, a lady aged 55 years, a guy aged 35-40 yrs and an aged man 65 yrs, pushed Mrs. Siddiqui. This is all because of old societal issues," it added.