Rape charges against Madhur Bhandarkar dropped after 9 yrs
By Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court has rejected charges of rape against filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar nine years after the case was filed. The Heroine director had appealed to the apex court, claiming that the case had not been investigated through the proper procedure.
Jain had accused the renowned director of raping her on the pretext of casting her in one of his upcoming films. Bhandarkar, however, alleged that only the victim's statements had been taken on record in court, CNN-IBN reported.
Now, Jain too has reportedly withdrawn the case, declaring that she is no longer interested in pursuing the case because of it dragging over the last nine years.
The Case Timeline
July 2004: Preeti Jain had lodged a complaint against Madhur Bhandarkar claiming that he had raped her several times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of marrying her and casting her as actress in his movies.
September 2011: A Mumbai metropolitan court had found substance in Jain's complaint, and issued processes against Bhandarkar, directing him to face the trial.
November 2011: The magistrate court had granted anticipatory bail to the Bollywood filmmaker in the case.
March 2012: The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the application of filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar to stay the process against him in a Mumbai metropolitan court in the Preeti Jain rape case.
Following the Bombay high court’s rejection, Bhandarkar decided to move the Supreme Court seeking relief in the alleged rape case filed by Preeti Jain.