Suresh Raina Booked By Mumbai Police For Violating Covid-19 Norms

The Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Manjunath Singe stated that “legal action” was taken against Raina and the others arrested at the club.

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December 22, 2020

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Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina was booked by the Mumbai Police in the early hours of Tuesday for violating the Covid-19 norms set by the Indian Government amid the ongoing pandemic and the night curfew imposed by Maharashtra Government. Along with Raina, 33 other people were arrested by the officials under various criminal codes. The accused were later released on bail.

The reports state that Raina was in Mumbai due to personal work. The police raid was carried out at the Dragonfly Experience, a club situated near the Mumbai airport. The arrests came hours after the Maharashtra government imposed the night curfew from December 22 to January 5 as a precautionary measure amid growing concerns over the next wave of the pandemic.  The Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Manjunath Singe stated that “legal action” was taken against Raina and the others arrested at the club.

Explaining his stance, Raina issued a statement to the media which read, “Suresh was in Mumbai for a shoot which extended to late hours and was invited by a friend for a quick dinner post the same prior to him taking his flight back to Delhi. He was not aware of the local timings and protocols.”

“Once pointed out, he immediately complied with the procedures laid out by the authorities and regrets the unfortunate and unintentional incident. He always holds rules and laws laid down by governing bodies with the highest regard and will continue to do so in the future as well,” the statement further added.

All 34 arrests were made under Section 188, 269, and 34 of IPC and provisions of NMDA. 

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