Giaa Manek, of “Saath Nibhana Saathiya”, was seen at a hookah bar in the suburban neighborhood of Khar in Mumbai. Around 2 AM at night, police raided this restaurant/ bar, which besides catering to dinners was apparently also supplying hookah to youngsters.
About 17 people were arrested at this raid for being caught doing hookah, which is banned in public places as per the Cigarettes and BMC Act in Mumbai. However, Giaa Manek was not one of them, since she had not consumed any hookah.
Television footage showed that Giaa Manek was covering her face in order to get out of the chaos. When she was questioned later on about her presence and what happened at the restaurant she stated:
“Firstly being in a Hookah restaurant does not mean that they serve hookah’s only, since its a hookah cum dinner restaurant so I and my family went to have a dinner in this restaurant. Its a new restaurant in the locality so we tried to check out with this one since we had an early dinner at 7pm so we only ordered starters. By the time we could pay the bill we witnessed a police raid in the restaurant and on an inquiry by the police I showed him the bill as a proof that I was not consuming Hookah or alcohol or doing anything illicit in the restaurant. So the police did let us go for we had done nothing illicit in the restaurant and by the time we left the restaurant there were media people around to get the news. But the issue has been blown out of proportion by the media and it makes me feel that I am paying the price for being a celebrity”
Maybe she was just there at the wrong time? What do you guys think?