Actress Shruti Ulfat, who was recently booked for her picture with a cobra, has opened up on the controversy, saying that she wasn't arrested in the case, instead, was only called to give a statement.
The 'Naagarjuna-Ek Yodha' actress made it to the headlines after a NGO lodged a complaint against her regarding her picture holding a rare species of snake which she had uploaded on social media a couple months ago.
Talking about the entire uproar, Shruti told an entertainment portal, "We are not arrested; it so happened that we posted a picture with Cobra during our Nagarjuna shoot and I was not aware that time that it’s illegal to post an image like that. Otherwise, why will I do such a thing and get into a hassle unnecessarily! We are going to forest station for our statements and its been 4 months already".
For the uninitiated, Shruti Ulfat was reportedly arrested by Thane Forest department on Wednesday along with her three friends Nitin Solanki, Utkarsh Bali and Pearl Puri, after they posed with a protected snake during the shooting of 'Naagarjuna-Ek Yodha' and were sent to judicial custody, but was later release on bail by Boriwali court.
Pearl too cleared the air about his arrest in the matter and reportedly stated, "Firstly, we were not arrested, we just went to forest station. It so happened that when Nagarjuna completed 100 episodes, a Cobra was brought on the set by Cobra catcher and we posed with it for a picture. We went only for giving the statements.”