Playback singer Ankit Tiwari, accused of raping and threatening his girlfriend, will move for cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued in his name, on Thursday. Tiwari’s lawyer, Niraj Gupta will move the court on the grounds that the warrant was issued due to a miscommunication with the court.
A special women’s court issued the warrant on April 25 while the Bombay high court was still hearing Tiwari’s petition challenging the charges. In December 2015, the special women’s court had framed charges against Tiwari after his girlfriend had filed a case against him the year before.
Ankit Tiwari was arrested by Versova police on May 8, 2014 after a woman, claiming to be his ex-girlfriend, filed a complaint against him. The woman alleged she was repeatedly raped between October 2012 and December 2013. She also accused Tiwari of going back on his promise to marry her.
Ankit’s brother Ankur was also arrested for allegedly threatening her with dire consequences. Best known for his popular songs from the movie Aashiqui 2, Tiwari was charged of rape, inducing the woman of marriage, cheating and criminal intimidation.
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“The Bombay high court had allowed our plea, and quashed the charges against Tiwari. And the high court had also given us time to file discharge application,” Gupta said.
However, the warrant was issued in the mean time, Gupta added. “Unfortunately Tiwari was out of time and returned only on Wednesday. We are now moving for cancellation of warrant and also for discharge in the case.”
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According to the police, 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.
The woman also alleged that Tiwari, in August that year, applied ‘sindoor’ (vermillion) to her forehead in a temple in a symbolic gesture of marriage. Over time when she objected to the physical relationship, Ankit allegedly threatened her of dire consequences.