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.