In a setback for controversial Kannada actor Duniya Vijay, the 8th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Bengaluru denied him bail on Wednesday in connection with an assault case. Duniya Vijay was arrested by High Grounds police on Sunday for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping one Maruthi Gowda. Maruthi is the nephew of Pani Puri Kitty, the actor’s former friend and trainer.
The High Grounds Police booked the actor under IPC sections 365 (kidnapping), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 325 (punishment for causing grievous hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and was subsequently remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. The actor and three of his associates are lodged in Parappana Agrahara prison awaiting their bail hearing.
Meanwhile, officials at High Grounds Police Station in Bengaluru have registered an FIR against the complainant in the assault case – H Krishnamurthy alias Paani Puri Kitty, assault victim Maruthi Gowda and others. The FIR was registered based on a counter complaint by actor Duniya Vijay. The actor alleged that Kitty and Gowda threatened his son's life, pushed him and damaged his sports car on Sunday night at High Grounds police station. It was the same night Vijay was accused of assaulting Maruthi Gowda, a gym trainer at Ambedkar Bhavan, after a bodybuilding event.
"Vijay had given a complaint but they were all non-cognisable offences and we have now registered an FIR based on the direction of the court," investigative officer Lakshmikanthaiah told TNM.
Kitty was previously Vijay's gym trainer and is the uncle of Maruthi Gowda.
Actor Duniya Vijay is not new to controversy. He is currently out on bail in connection with the 'Maasti Gudi' case – in November 2016, a stunt shoot had gone wrong at the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir and resulted in the death of two actors. In the scene, Duniya Vijay, Uday and Anil had to jump off a helicopter from a height of 100ft. While Vijay had a life jacket, the other two actors were not given any safety gear. Vijay was on the run for over a year after he was charged by police for helping accused producer P Sundar Gowda avoid arrest. He was also detained by police in connection with another assault, in which he allegedly beat up one of Sundar Gowda's relatives.