Poonam Pandey, Sam Bombay granted bail in obscene video case
Model-actor Poonam Pandey and her husband, filmmaker Sam Bombay were granted bail on Thursday night, hours after their arrest. The two were held for allegedly trespassing on government property and filming an indecent video in the southern part of the coastal state. They were required to furnish a bail bond of Rs. 20,000 each. Here are more details on this.
According to reports, the couple was granted bail by the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Canacona, around 9:15 pm on Thursday. As per the conditions of the bail, they both cannot leave Goa without the court's permission. They must also report to the police station for six days, Cuncolim Police inspector Therron D'Costa told The Times of India.
The controversial video was filmed at the Chapoli Dam in Canacona during the early hours of October 31, and subsequently circulated. On Wednesday, the women's wing of the Goa Forward Party filed a complaint against Poonam for shooting the indecent video. Further, a complaint was also lodged against unknown persons for recording the objectionable clip that featured the 29-year-old actor.
Poonam and Sam, who had been staying at a hotel in North Goa, were taken into custody by cops on Thursday afternoon. Furthermore, police inspector Tukaram Chavan and a constable were suspended for allegedly allowing them to shoot the said video. Additionally, six staff members of the water resources department (WRD), posted at the Chapoli Dam, were also suspended for alleged dereliction of duty.
The controversial video triggered protests and even took a political turn, with the vice-president of Goa Forward Party demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. "The (Chapoli Dam) area is highly secured...The BJP government led by Pramod Sawant is promoting Goa as porn destination which is bringing bad name to the state," said Durgadas Kamat.
Poonam Pandey is a model and actor. She had made her acting debut in Bollywood in 2013 with the film Nasha. She has also appeared in movies such as Malini & Co. and The Journey of Karma, among others.