National award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, on Monday, executed a cash bond of Rs 30,000 before the Andheri metropolitan court which had issued process against him following allegations of rape leveled by actress Pretti Jaiin.
The filmmaker submitted the bond to assure the court that he would not abscond while the case was in progress, Bhandarkar's lawyer Shreyansh Mithare said.
The Bombay high court, meanwhile, issued a notice to the state government and Pretti Jaiin actress following a petition filed by the filmmaker seeking to quash the rape case filed against him in by the actress in 2004.
According to Mithare, Bhandarkar had already secured anticipatory bail from a lower court in 2005, which was later upheld by the high court.
In September, the metropolitan court rejected the B-summary report and held that Bhandarkar should face a trial. The report was filed by the police after concluding that there was no case against the filmmaker and that the case was 'maliciously false'. Bhandarkar has also challenged the process issued by the lower court before the high court, which has adjourned the hearing till December 5.
Meanwhile, the filmmaker has also moved an application before the lower court seeking exemption from appearance. The lower court will hear the case on November 29.
Bhandarkar's petition before the HC contends that the magistrate had changed his initial decision and pronounced the order against Bhandarkar after wrongly using section 202 of Criminal Procedure Code to conduct an enquiry.
The petition also points out that the court ought to have noted the fact that Jaiin had also sent a legal notice to another person from the film industry, threatening to file a similar complaint against him. According to the petition, Jaiin said she would lodge a complaint against him if he didn't give her a lead role in his film within 48 hours.
It's further stated that the actress was “willing to go to any extent to bag a lead role in Bhandarkar's film and there was a strong possibility that the FIR was lodged to pressurise him”.