“Naagin 3” actor Pearl Puri on Saturday has been arrested by Palghar police in Maharashtra for allegedly raping and molesting a 5-year-old minor girl.
According to the officials, the 31-year-old actor has been booked under IPC Sec. 376 AB and POCSO Act, 4, 8, 12,19, 21 for the rape of the minor girl by Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar police.
The Valiv Police Station, where the case was lodged, stated that the victim’s family had complained that Puri had allegedly molested and raped the girl around two years ago.
The actor is in police custody and awaiting to be produced before the local court for remand.
Pearl entered the TV industry with the 2013 show “Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat” and rose to stardom after Ekta Kapoor’s “Naagin 3″ and “Bepanah Pyaar”. His last big role was in “Brahmarakshas 2“.
Pearl’s co-stars and colleagues, including Ekta Kapoor, claim that he is innocent while an official statement from the actor is due.
By Ankita Mohanty