The state has decided not to proceed with perjury charges against the domestic help of Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, convicted of rape, who had turned hostile during the trial after claiming that the actor had raped her.
Public prosecutor Kashinath Dige told the Hindustan Times that they did not intend to press perjury charges against the domestic help due to the trauma she has suffered so far. “She is a lady and has gone through enough humiliation,” said Dige.
“She had already suffered enough and should be pardoned. We don’t want to press the charges and make it difficult for her,” he added.
HT had first reported, on September 8,2010, that the domestic help had turned hostile during her deposition before the Sewri fast track court, trying the case. She had withdrawn her statement saying that Ahuja had not raped her and that she had filed the complaint at the behest of the woman who had help her get a job at Ahuja’s house.
Ahuja was convicted by the trial court on March 30 this year and sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment. He was then granted bail by the Bombay high court, where the actor’s appeal against the verdict is pending.