Bollywood actor and television personality Payal Rohatgi was reportedly arrested in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Friday for controversial remarks she made against co-residents in her society.
One Parag Shah, a doctor, filed a complaint against Rohatgi, alleging she hurled abuses at the Sundarvan Epitome society chairperson and used offensive language in messages sent on WhatsApp.
As per Zee News, society members have further accused Rohatgi of creating a ruckus over a plot used as a common area and threatening to assault or implicate people in fake cases if they went against her. Reports claim people in the society were troubled by her actions for a long time.
A controversial figure of late, Rohatgi routinely does rounds on social media for her video content that invites wide criticism and trolling.
Reports suggest she had also made threatening videos against her society’s chair on Instagram but later deleted them.
Earlier this week, Rohatgi made a series of posts on the tussle between her and other society members during an AGM meeting, which she said she was attending as a proxy for her father. She claimed five days ago her mobile phone had been seized during the meeting and that she was going to the Satellite police station in that regard with her mother.
In successive post captions, she has referred to the society chairman as a “local gunda“. “I will be able to identify all easily now for police complaints in future if anyone tries to CHARGE towards me,” she said in one post naming several society persons.
Other Cases Payal Rohatgi Has Been Named In
Rohatgi was previously arrested in December 2019 for remarks she made about the Gandhi-Nehru family. The Dhol actor had claimed Jawaharlal Nehru was born out of Kamala Nehru’s illicit relationships. In later social media videos, she apologised to Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi but was arrested by Ahmedabad police. She was released on bail after nine days in judicial custody.
The same year, police complaints were lodged against Rohatgi for various remarks, including against the treatment of women in Islam and questions over Maratha ruler Shivaji’s caste.
Rohatgi’s account has been suspended from Twitter more than once. The 36-year-old has been accused of making inflammatory and communally charged remarks.
Rohatgi’s last post on Instagram is from early morning on Friday and reads, “I know I am being used to fulfil an agenda by certain people who themselves don’t want to do the dirty work, but I am going with the flow even though I know I am being trapped as God has a plan for me which none of these powerful people can even touch.”
About Payal Rohatgi
Hailing from Ahmedabad, Rohatgi is a computer engineer by education. She made her film debut in 2004 with Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? She was a popular ad face on television and featured in several music videos during the early 2000s. She was a contestant on the second season of reality show Bigg Boss and re-appeared on season eight as a guest, to support her boyfriend Sangram Singh.