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BCCI boss’s son held for bar brawl

Mumbai, May 3: Cricket board president N. Srinivasan’s son was arrested hours after Monday midnight for allegedly brawling with pub staff, who refused to serve liquor beyond the closing time, and then punching a policeman who tried to pacify him.

Ashwin Srinivasan, believed to be close to 40, and a friend were drinking at Escobar, a restaurant-cum-pub in suburban Bandra.

According to the police, Ashwin demanded to be served liquor after the 1.30am bar closing time. When the staff refused, Ashwin and his friend said they wouldn’t pay the bill and allegedly assaulted some members of the staff.

The pub called the police. When a constable tried to reason with him, Ashwin punched him, said deputy commissioner of police Pratap Dighavkar. “The two were arrested under the charges of assaulting a public servant discharging his duty and for conspiracy. A medical test on them confirmed they were under the influence of alcohol,” the officer said.

According to Dighavkar, Ashwin also dropped names and boasted that he came from an influential family and that his father, N. Srinivasan, owned an IPL team. Srinivasan’s company India Cements Ltd. owns Chennai Super Kings.

The two spent the night in a Bandra police station lock-up and were released on bail on the afternoon of May 1. Escobar staff refused comment.

Ashwin, who has studied business management from the US and textile manufacture in Switzerland, is the director of ICL International, a textile and home furnishings brand under India Cements.