Suresh Raina claims innocence, says he was in Mumbai for ‘quick dinner’ at club



Suresh Raina was involved in a controversial moment on Tuesday when he was booked by the Mumbai Police for a raid that took place at the JW Mariott Hotel. Along with Suresh Raina, there were other prominent celebrities like Guru Randhawa and Suzanne Khan who were booked by the Mumbai Police. However, Suresh Raina has claimed innocence and said he was not aware of the timings and the protocol. In a statement released by Suresh Raina and his media team, the said, “Suresh 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.”

According to media reports, the Mumbai Police raided the Dragonfly club in JW Marriott hotel in Andheri around 2:30 AM. Apart from Suresh Raina and Guru Randhawa, Sussanne Khan was also arrested but later on released on bail. According to reports, Mumbai Police issued an official statement which says that an “offence has been registered u/s 188, 269, 34 IPC and u/s 51 NDMA against 34 persons at Sahar police station after raid was conducted at 2.50 AM at Dragonfly pub, for keeping establishment open beyond permissible time limit, not following Covid norms such as social distancing, not wearing face mask.”

The move comes at a time when the Maharashtra government has tightened the norms for coronavirus until January 5. A night curfew has been imposed from 11 PM to 6 AM while flight travel from the UK has been suspended until December 31 following the new mutant strain of the coronavirus that has gone out of control.

Raina back in domestic cricket

After his retirement from international cricket on August 15, the same time as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina was picked in the Chennai Super Kings side for IPL 2020 but the coronavirus scare forced him to miss the entire tournament along with Harbhajan Singh. Chennai Super Kings finished seventh in the points table and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Suresh Raina will be playing for Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.

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