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Bhandarkar to appear on Nov 14 for Preeti Jain rape case

entertainment Updated: Oct 19, 2011 17:30 IST
Madhur Bhandarkar

A Mumbai court on Tuesday directed National Award-winning film director Madhur Bhandarkar to appear before it on November 14 in connection with a 2004 rape case filed by Preeti Jain, an upcoming starlet, her lawyer said.

"He failed to appear before the court at the scheduled hearing. We don't know where he is. Now, he is required to appear on November 14," Jaiin's lawyer S Kunjuraman told IANS.

Bhandarkar, 44, had sought an exemption from the court hearing on Tuesday through his lawyer Shrikant Shivade. He earlier said that he would challenge the rape case against him in a higher court.

Magistrate BB Pantawane, of Andheri Railway Mobile Court, on September 19 issued summons asking Bhandarkar to appear before it and file his statement in the case, Kunjuraman said.

Police in 2006 requested the court to dismiss the case against Bhandarkar as during their investigations they found Preeti's allegations false.

In July 2004, Preeti, living in Malad suburb of north Mumbai, created a sensation after she accused Bhandarkar of rape on the pretext of giving her a lead role in his film.

Preeti alleged that she slept with Bhandarkar from 1999-2004 as he promised her a role in his films and marriage.

In a statement later, Preeti, in her early 30s, alleged: "We had sex 16 times and Madhur made promises of giving me a lead role in his films. However, he didn't offer me a lead role in any of his movies. At times when I refused, he raped me."

In September 2005, Preeti was arrested after she reportedly hired a contract killer for Rs 70,000 to murder Bhandarkar.

Bhandarkar, is credited with making sensitive, critically acclaimed and hit films like Chandni Bar, Page 3, Traffic Signal, Corporate and Fashion, among others.

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