Two months after a magistrate court sentenced him to one-year imprisonment for assaulting his neighbour, Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi has moved a sessions court appealing against his conviction.
In his appeal filed by lawyer Ninad Mazumdar recently, Pancholi challenged his conviction saying it is contrary to material on record and against the principles of natural justice.
“The learned magistrate failed to appreciate the embellishments in the evidence, which has come on record in the form of cross examinations,” the appeal said.
It also said that the magistrate, rather than appreciating the discrepancies in the right perspective and giving the benefit of the same to the accused (Pancholi), appreciated the same against the accused by himself giving explanation of any such discrepancies.
“The magistrate did not appreciate the fact that there is absolutely no intention brought on record for the (actor) to assault the informant and erred in ignoring the fact that there was absolutely no reason for the actor to assault the informant,” the appeal said.
The actor has sought quashing of the judgement and his acquittal in the case.
According to police, Pancholi hit his neighbour Pratik Pasrani and reportedly fractured his nose at their residence in 2005.
Police had said that Pancholi’s guest had parked his vehicle at the space earmarked for Pasrani at Magnum Opus Apartments in suburban Versova, Pasrani objected to it and asked the security staff to clear the vehicle, following which an altercation broke between the duo and the actor assaulted Pasrani.
The police initially took a non-cognisable case, but the medical examination revealed that Pasrani’s nose was fractured and the police registered a case of grievous hurt and criminal intimidation.