Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari was Thursday acquitted of raping a woman. A sessions court here Thursday acquitted Tiwari after the complaint, allegedly his former girl friend, turned hostile and failed to support the prosecution version during the trial.
A special women’s court on Thursday, acquitted singer and music composer Ankit Tiwari, who had been accused of raping a woman on several occasions from 2012-13. He was acquitted of charges under sections 376 (rape), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage), 417 (cheating) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
The complaint was filed in May 2014. On December 19, 2015, a sessions court charged Tiwari under the four sections of the IPC. This was challenged before the HC, which asked Tiwari to file a discharge application. The plea was, however, rejected. The court then framed charges against him on February 10, to which Tiwari pleaded not guilty.
The complainant deposed in court at two hearings. Sources said at the first hearing, she spoke on how she met Tiwari, and at the second, she was deemed hostile by the prosecution for not standing by her statement to the police.
“The prosecution could not prove its case,” said Tiwari’s lawyer Rizwan Merchant.
The complainant didn’t support the prosecution case during her testimony in the court and was declared ‘hostile witness’.
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