On Sunday night, actor Shiney Ahuja, accused of the rape of his maid, looked haggard after his police interrogation. At the Andheri police station on Monday night, he looked far more relaxed.
When Hindustan Times spoke to senior officials at Andheri police station, they confirmed Ahuja had spent the night in their lock-up, even though there is no register entry to that effect – apparently for security reasons.
According to sources there, after the police first interrogated him at Oshiwara police station on Sunday night, Ahuja was brought to the Andheri lockup at around 9 pm on Monday, after the Andheri Metropolitan Court sent him to police custody.
“Ahuja seemed relaxed and looked at ease,” said a police source requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. Like any other inmate, Ahuja reportedly spent the night on the jail’s standard mat and pillow, but he had access to better food.
The source said Ahuja was provided dinner and snacks from an outside restaurant, apparently due to his ‘high status’.
Another police source said, “He is such a big personality and cannot be treated like a petty criminal. Moreover, it is the
court that will decide his fate. Who are we to judge?”
If sources are to be believed, Ahuja ordered tea at least 10 times from the time he woke up till 12 noon, when he was taken in an autorickshaw to Oshiwara police station for further questioning. “Every time he ordered tea or snacks, he’d offer it to us too. But we only had the tea,” the source said.
On Tuesday, the Oshiwara police recorded the statement of another maid working at Ahuja’s house.
DCP Niket Kaushik said she was the last person to see Ahuja alone with the victim at his flat.
The witness left the flat at around 12 noon on Sunday to attend a religious function. He added that medical reports of the victim support the FIR.