In what almost seems like an attempt to ape the west – right from wild rappers and pop stars to drunk Hollywood actors – Bollywood celebrities seem to be having quite an issue with the law.
Popular playback singer Ankit Tiwari is the latest addition to that very long list of celebrities who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Ankit Tiwari was arrested for allegedly raping his female friend on several occasions for over a year on the pretext of marriage, police said.
24-year-old Tiwari, known for his popular song ‘Sun Raha Hai Na’ from ‘Aashiqui 2’, was arrested by Versova police on May 8 after the woman, who is said to be his girlfriend, complained that he sexually assaulted her between October 2012 and December 2013 assuring marriage but failed to keep the promise, they said.
A few weeks earlier, actor Inder Kumar was arrested on charges of rape and assault. Inder apparently raped and abused a 23-year-old model on the pretext of helping her get roles in films.
In 2009, Shiney Ahuja, who is known for his films like ‘Life in a… Metro’ and ‘Bhool Bhuliya’, was arrested after his 20-year-old maid accused him of rape. Initially, Ahuja had claimed that the act was consensual and later admitted to rape. However, his wife Anupama had maintained that the actor was being framed.
In March 2011, Shiney Ahuja was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. But, he was released on bail and the following year, the actor applied for an early hearing in the Bombay High Court.
Salman Khan is no stranger to crime. In 2002, the actor was arrested for rash and negligent driving after his car slammed into a bakery in Mumbai, killing one person who was sleeping on the pavement and injuring three others.
On 24 July 2013, he was formally charged with culpable homicide in the case, to which he pleaded not guilty. The trial is currently going on and three witnesses have identified him.
In February 2006, Salman Khan was also sentenced to one-year in prison for hunting a Chinkara, an endangered species. On April 10, 2006, he was handed a five-year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail until April 13 when he was granted bail. However, in 2012, the Rajasthan High Court finalised charges against Salman Khan and other actors who were present, thus making way for a trial.
Sanjay Dutt was accused of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts and was arrested under the provisions of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA).
When the case finally came to court in 2006, the actor was accused of accepting a delivery of weapons at his house from Abu Salem and co-accused Riyaz Siddiqui, who had also been implicated in relation to the Mumbai blasts.
On 31st July 2007, the TADA court sentenced Sanjay Dutt to six years’ rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of weapons but cleared him of charges relating to the Mumbai blasts.
In March 2013, the Supreme Court upheld Dutt’s five-year sentence, 18 months of which he had already spent in jail during the trial.
Feroz Khan’s son Fardeen has had his own share of trouble with the law. The actor was remanded to the custody of Narcotics Control Bureau in 2001, for carrying cocaine. But, he was found not guilty.
‘Fashion’ director Madhur Bhandarkar suffered a blow when aspiring actress Preeti Jain claimed that he raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 on the pretext of casting her as actress in his films. In September 2011, the police had filed a report stating that the case against Bhandarkar was false.
Actress Monica Bedi, who was the romantic interest of underworld don Abu Salem, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for possessing forged travel documents.
Neeraj Grover, a television executive, was murdered by a small-time south Indian film actress, Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend Jerome Mathew in 2008. But, Maria Monica Susairaj was found not guilty of the killing, but guilty of destroying evidence. She was sentenced to a maximum three years’ imprisonment.
Actor Anuj Tikku was accused of murdering his father, Arunkumar Tikku in April 2012 after his body was found in his suburban flat. Anuj was initially detained by the police, but was later given a clean chit.