Indian police to arrest YouTuber Bobby Kataria for stopping traffic on road

Video shows him eating, drinking on a folding chair and table in the middle of a street in Dehradun


Published: Fri 19 Aug 2022, 12:47 PM

YouTuber Bobby Kataria is soon to be arrested by Uttarakhand Police for drinking alcohol and threatening the police while sitting on a chair and stopping traffic in the middle of the road in the state capital Dehradun.

A case was registered under sections 342, 336, 290 and 510 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 67 IT Act.

Cantt Police Station in the capital city has obtained a non-bailable warrant against Kataria from the District Court.

SHO Rajendra Singh Rawat on Thursday said the police obtained a non-bailable warrant against the accused.

He told ANI that teams of Cantt Police are being sent to Haryana and its other locations for his arrest.

Kataria was in the news after he was allegedly found to be smoking inside a SpiceJet flight that surfaced on the internet. In the video, Kataria was seen lying down on an aircraft seat, lighting a cigarette and taking a couple of puffs.

However, the accused social media influencer Balvinder Kataria alias Bobby Kataria claimed that it was a dummy plane and it was a part of his shooting in Dubai.

"The video in which I was seen smoking is not a normal airplane, it was a dummy plane and that was a part of my shooting in Dubai. I want to ask everyone; how can a lighter make its way into an aeroplane? It would be detected by a scanner. A cigarette still one can carry, but not a lighter. It was shot in 2019 or 2020," Kataria had said.


In a statement, SpiceJet said the matter had been investigated thoroughly in January 2022 when the video was brought to their notice on January 24, 2022, through social media posts.

The airline filed a complaint with the Udyog Vihar police station in Gurugram. The matter came to the airline's notice on January 24, 2022, through social media posts. Spice Jet also later that Kataria was put on a no-flying list by the airline for 15 days in February 2022.

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