Suresh Raina, the former Indian cricketer, has officially released a statement, proving himself innocent after being arrested by Mumbai Police for flouting COVID-19 rules. He stated that he was unaware of the COVID-19 rules in the area and hadn’t breached the rule intentionally.
Mumbai Police raided the Mumbai Dragonfly club near the Mumbai airport where 34 people, including Raina, were arrested for violating the rule. On Monday, the Maharashtra government had declared a night curfew in municipal corporation areas as a precautionary step amid growing concerns over a new coronavirus variant spreading in Britain apart from putting restrictions on flight movements. But the club was opened after the permissible time limit and not following Covid norms.
Suresh Raina was in Mumbai for a shoot
Suresh Raina has issued a statement via his management team, revealing that the former cricketer was there for an ad shot but went to the club for a dinner on a friends’ request. The statement adds that Raina ‘regrets the unfortunate and unintentional incident.’
“Suresh was in Mumbai for a shoot which extended to late hours and 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 & protocols,” read the statement.
“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,” the statement further added.
Apart from Suresh Raina, Bollywood celebs Sussanne Khan and Guru Randhawa were among 34 booked on Monday night. However, all were released on bail.
Suresh Raina has represented India in 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is, and 18 Test matches. He retired from international cricket in August this year with MS Dhoni.