Television actor Pearl V Puri has been arrested by Vasai police for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in 2019. Waliv police in Vasai arrested Puri and produced him before a court that sent him to judicial custody for two weeks.
The police said that a complaint was lodged by the minor’s father in 2019, but at that time, the identity of the accused was not established.
Sanjay Patil, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), zone 2 Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar Police Commissionerate, said the identity of the accused had not been revealed when the investigation began.
“The victim identified the accused recently, and after recording her statement, the accused has been arrested. After the identification of the accused, we have taken him into custody for further investigation,” said Patil.
In a new development on the rape allegations on TV actor Pearl V Puri, the Vasai Deputy Commisioner of Police, Sanjay Kumar Patil responded to TV producer Ekta Kapoor’s claim that the actor is innocent during a press conference.
In a clip of the press conference was posted on Twitter on 5 June, the DCP revealed that there is proof and testimony from the victim to prove the rape charges, refuting Ekta Kapoor’s claims.
In the video, the DCP said that there was an official complaint filed by the girl’s father and authorities at Waliv police station registered the case under the The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The Comissioner of Police stated that there was a medical examination conducted, victim’s statement taken and booked the actor based on these grounds. He claimed that the victim’s mother used to work on the sets of the TV show and hence, the victim would accompany her which is how Pearl V Puri and the victim met.
For the unversed, a minor girl had filed a case against the actor some years back alleging that Pearl took sexual favours from her on the pretext of getting her work in TV.
TV actor Pearl V Puri earned stardom for featuring in Ekta Kapoor’s productions Naagin 3 (2018–19) and Bepanah Pyaar (2019–20) respectively.
He was first seen in the 2013 TV show Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat, followed by Phir Bhi Na Maane…Badtameez Dil, Meri Saasu Maa and Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha among others. He played a key role in Brahmarakshas 2.