Karan Oberoi granted bail a month after being arrested on charges of raping and blackmailing a woman
Actor Karan Oberoi was arrested in May when a woman lodged a complaint against him with Oshiwara police alleging that he had raped her on the pretext of marriage.Updated: Jun 07, 2019 16:53 IST
The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to television actor and singer Karan Oberoi a month after he was arrested on charges of raping and blackmailing a woman. Granting a Rs 50,000 bail to Oberoi, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere came down heavily on the victim and police in the matter, said his lawyer Dinesh Tiwari.
In an FIR lodged on May 4, the 34-year-old victim had alleged that Oberoi had raped her in 2017 on the pretext of marriage, filmed the act and then extorted money from her under the threat of making the video go viral. On May 6, Oberoi was arrested and sent to police custody. Later, he was remanded to judicial custody even as his bail plea was pending with the sessions court.
In the bail plea, Tiwari contended that the FIR was false, his client (Oberoi) never promised to marry the victim, and the victim lodged another FIR by staging an attack to deny him bail.
Earlier in May, Karan had approached the Bombay High Court for bail after a sessions court rejected his plea for the relief earlier this month. The lower court had rejected Oberoi’s plea noting that investigation into the case was incomplete, and hence it would be incorrect to release the accused on bail.
The 40-year-old, who has acted in television serials and appeared in commercials, was arrested in May after the woman, who was in a relationship with him since 2016, lodged a complaint with Oshiwara police alleging that Oberoi had raped her on the pretext of marriage.
(With PTI inputs)
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First Published: Jun 07, 2019 16:45 IST