Former India batsman Suresh Raina was amongst a host of celebrities who were arrested in Mumbai in a night club by police. Apart from Raina, singer Guru Randhawa, and 34 other celebrities were booked for violating COVID-19 norms while partying at the Mumbai Dragonfly club near the Mumbai airport.
Both Raina and Randhawa were arrested by the Mumbai Police but were later released on bail. A total of 34 people were arrested in the raid, including seven staff members of the Mumbai club. The accused were booked for violating Covid norms.
Mumbai Police has said 34 people including cricketer Suresh Raina and others were booked under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and provisions of NMDA.
The arrests were made after a raid at Dragonfly pub for keeping the establishment open beyond the permissible time limit and not following Covid norms.
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 retired from international cricket on August 15 this year after a glorious career that lasted 15 years. Raina played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for Team India after making his ODI debut in July 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 19.
Raina was the third batsman in the world and the first Indian to hit the T20I century. He also has a glittering career in the Indian Premier League, playing for Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions since 2008.
(India Today inputs)