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HC acquits Peepli Live co-director Farooqui in rape case

HC acquits Peepli Live co-director Farooqui in rape case”

The written order is expected to elaborate the grounds for such a benefit.

Following the sentence, Farooqui, who has been serving his jail term, had filed an appeal with the Delhi High Court, which acquitted him Monday, ordering his immediate release. Police in its charge sheet had alleged that Farooqui had sexually assaulted the Columbia University research scholar at his Sukhdev Vihar residence in south Delhi in March 2015.

The victim's lawyer, Vrinda Grover, was unavailable for comments. The police department of Delhi had lodged an FIR against Mahmood Farooqui on June 19, 2015.

When Anusha Rizvi wrote the script of her directorial debut Peepli (Live), little did she know that her film will make reasons for both the good and the bad.

On 30 July 2016, the court had held Farooqui guilty of raping (in the drunken state) the American woman in the year 2015.

A trial court had on August 4 last year sent him to jail for seven years, observing that he had taken advantage of the situation when the victim was alone in his house. The bench had sentenced him for seven years and further imposed a fine of Rs 50000 on him. Post that, Mahmood Farooqui tried to prove his innocence and challenged the verdict in the Delhi high court.

Justice Ashutosh Kumar said there were doubts over the accuracy of the complaint filed by the woman, ANI reported. A chargesheet was filed by the police on July 29, 2016 against Farooqui alleging he had raped the U.S. researcher.

Following the complaint, he was arrested by the police and produced in a session court in Delhi.



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