Bollywood film producer Karim Morani surrendered before police last night after the Supreme Court upheld the Hyderabad High Court’s decision to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to the filmmaker who has been accused of raping an aspiring actress.
Mr Morani was formally placed under arrest after his surrender in Hyderabad, a police officer said on Saturday.
Morani who produced movies like Chennai Express would be brought to court in the afternoon. The High Court for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad had on September 5 upheld a sessions court’s decision cancelling Morani’s bail in the rape case. Morani is also an accused in the 2G scam.
Karim Morani faces charges under section 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
In an interview with India Today earlier this year, the woman said that Morani first raped her in Mumbai in July 2015. “I didn’t know what was happening nor did I know how to react. I was depressed and didn’t talk to anyone about it. When I spoke to his family, they did not even react. But now after going through so much, I felt the need to fight. And I am doing this on my own,” she said.
“He repeatedly drugged and raped me. He threatened to shoot me and blackmailed me with nude pictures of mine which he had clicked,” she also said.
Morani is the founder of Cineyug Productions and is considered to be a close friend of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Among the movies Morani has worked on are Chennai Express and Ra One, both Shah Rukh Khan-starrers.
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