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“We will challenge this order in higher courts” – Madhur Bhandarkar reacts

Pretti Jaain’s allegation of rape charges have resurfaced all over again, what with a metropolitan magistrate’s court observing that a case was made against Madhur Bhandarkar. While the filmmaker may have to face the trial, the court has already issued summons to Bhandarkar for October 18.


Madhur Bhandarkar reacts:


“As the lower court has issued a process against me on 19th September, 2011 for a case which has been going on for 7 years, I would like to state here after reading the judgment that we will challenge this order in higher courts and seek justice. Background of the case: Initially, on 12th July 2004, complainant had sent a legal notice to me stating if I don’t cast her in my film as the leading lady within 48 hours of the legal notice served then she would adopt necessary criminal and civil legal proceedings against me by lodging a police complaint and complaining before the Hon’ble Court of Law against me for cheating, cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage and criminal intimidation. There was no whisper of rape charges in that notice.


Then we came to know that on 9th July 2004 she had already sent a legal notice to one Mr. Sohail Khan, an upcoming music director, stating that she is pregnant with his child, affirming that with a DNA test and she threatened him saying that if he doesn’t accept the paternity of the child then she would take legal action against him in 7 days. On 22nd July 2004, she filed a complaint with the police alleging me of raping her, for which I was granted bail in the session court which was upheld by the Hon’ble High Court. The Hon’ble High Court had passed strong strictures against her saying her credibility has to be checked, she was trying to falsely implicate me, which cannot be ruled out. The Versova police has investigated this case twice, by two different officers and came to the conclusion that there is no case against me. They concluded it as B-summary as a false case. All the above documents supporting the facts are in the Hon’ble court. Trivia about her: I would also like to mention that she was arrested for hatching a plot to eliminate me in 2005, with the help of the underworld. She was arrested by Agripada police station and was put behind bars for almost a month. Now since the Magistrate Court has issued a process against me in this case, my lawyer will take all legal remedies. I have full faith and respect for the judiciary and I am confident of proving myself innocent.”

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