Charges will be framed against actor Shiney Ahuja after Diwali.
Ahuja (36), who has been accused of raping his maid, appeared in court wearing a light yellow tee-shirt and jeans. Throughout the proceedings, he was seen holding the hand of his wife, Anupam.
Ahuja also sported a tilak (vermillion) on his forehead. He had reportedly visited Siddhivinayak temple at Prabhadevi in the morning before reporting in the court.
Acting on a petition filed by Ahuja, the Bombay High Court had on Tuesday stayed the framing of charges against him until next week. The petition, seeking all forensic and medical reports pertaining to the case, will come up for further hearing on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Ahuja’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade sought adjournment beyond vacations in the wake of Bombay High Court order, which stayed framing of charges against Ahuja.
Judge S.R. Trivedi has scheduled the next date of hearing on October 16, as the high court’s order is operative only for a week. The fast track court also exempted the actor from remaining present on that day after his lawyer said he would be required to come from Delhi.
On Wednesday, when Shivade asked court if it would be possible to conduct the trial on a day-to-day basis, the court ruled it out. The prosecution has filed a 250-page chargesheet against the actor and proposed that he be charged with raping the maid, illegally confining and threatening her.