Bhandarkar gets SC relief in ‘rape case’

Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar won some relief in the Supreme Court which stayed criminal proceedings against him on an allegation of rape levelled by an actress

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 3:29 am

Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Monday won some relief in the Supreme Court which stayed criminal proceedings against him on an allegation of rape levelled by an actress.

A Bench of Justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad issued notices and sought replies from the Maharashtra government and actress Preeti Jain on a petition by Bhandarkar challenging the Bombay High Court order directing him to face trial.

Jain had lodged a complaint with the Versova police in July 2004 alleging that Bhandarkar had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of casting her in his films.

A Mumbai trial court had last year given the green signal to commence criminal proceedings against the filmmaker,a National Award winner.

In September 2011,the police had filed a report stating that the case against Bhandarkar was false. But the trial court rejected the report,saying there was prima facie case against Bhandarkar.

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