Actor Shiney Ahuja informed the Bombay High Court, on Wednesday that he was willing to stay outside Maharashtra if released on bail.
Justice A.P. Deshpande will pronounce the order on his bail application on Thursday.
Ahuja, who has approached the HC for bail after the Sessions court turned down his application twice, offered to stay in Delhi--like S Kumar’s group scion Abhishek Kasliwal who is facing trial for allegedly raping a 52-year-old woman three years ago--if he is granted bail.
Ahuja’s counsel, Shirish Gupte said Ahuja would come to Mumbai only when required during the trial. Gupte also cited the HC judgment granting bail to Kasliwal in April 2006. Kasliwal, who was in Delhi, came to Mumbai only in April when the trial commenced.
The state government had opposed Shiney’s bail application. The case will be tried in a fast track court and is likely to be completed in six months.
Justice Deshpande, on Wednesday, questioned the prosecution about discrepancies in statements given by the victim while lodging a first information report (FIR) and while recording her statement with the magistrate.
Justice Deshpande said the victim had described the incident in detail in the FIR but in her statement before the magistrate she has only used the word atyachar (torture) which does not convey rape.