Court likely to decide on discharge application of Ankit Tiwari in rape case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2016 10:59 IST
Ankit Tiwari (HT)

A special women’s court is likely to give an order on a discharge application filed by Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari. He is accused of having raped a 28-year-old woman several times between 2012 and 2013 on the false promise of marriage.

Earlier, Tiwari’s lawyer Mahesh Vaswani had denied all charges made by the complainant against Tiwari and said that there existed several glaring discrepancies between the complainant’s allegations and her subsequent FIR.

Defence lawyer argued that the complainant had never suggested, either in her statement to the police, or in the FIR, that Tiwari had ever used any “force or coercion”.

He also questioned the complainant’s statement that in July 2013, during a birthday celebration at the complainant’s house, Tiwari had consumed some “hard drink” and then took her to her bedroom and raped her.

His lawyer further argued that the complainant and all other witnesses had never testified saying that such a drink was indeed alcohol and that Tiwari had forced her to consume the same. He also argued that since the party was at the complainant’s own house, even if Tiwari did offer some drink to the complainant, it was from “her own stock” and thus, he couldn’t have forced her and that she should have known what the drink was.

In her complaint, the woman has also alleged that the two were in a relationship and at some point during that period, Tiwari had taken some vermillion and put on her head thus, qualifying them as a married couple.

Vaswani, however, argued that since the complainant was a “divorcee,” she was “not a novice” and was aware of what defines a legal or a valid marriage and thus, her allegations that the couple were married cannot be accepted.

He also said the complainant had alleged that Tiwari used to blackmail her into continuing the physical relationship by threatening to release some video of her.

“However, the complainant and the investigations have failed to reveal what the video was. Whether or not it was obscene in nature, and who had shot the video,” Vaswani argued.

According to the police case, the victim had invited Ankit to her sister’s birthday party on July 21, 2013. During the party, Ankit coerced her into consuming liquor, and thereafter sexually assaulted her, promising marriage.

In August, he allegedly applied “sindoor” (vermillion) on her forehead in a temple at her residence, as a mark of their marriage. The victim has claimed that when she objected to the physical relationship, Ankit threatened her of dire consequences.

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