Bhushan Kumar rape case: Survivor’s friend booked for Kumar’s extortion
A day after Dadabhai Naoroji (DN) Nagar police registered a rape case against Bollywood producer Bhushan Kumar, an extortion case was registered against a man at Amboli police station on Friday night, based on allegation that he had been trying to extort money from Kumar’s family threatening to get a rape case filed against him.
The case, Amboli police said, is registered against one Mallikarjun Pujari following a complaint by Bhushan Kumar’s uncle and producer and director Krishan Kumar Dua, who alleged that Pujari had been making extortion calls threatening to get the woman complainant to file a rape case against the bollywood producer if he didn’t pay.
The alleged rape survivor, who has accused the T-Series managing director of sexual assaults under the guise of offering her work in films, said Mallikarjun Pujari, the man accused of extortion was actually her supporter who had helped her muster courage to file the rape case against Bhushan Kumar.
Kumar was booked for rape, cheating and criminal intimidation on Friday on the complaint of the 30-year-old woman, who alleged that the film producer called her to discuss work but instead sexually assaulted her at his bungalow in September 2017. She added that he threatened to make her video and photographs viral and raped her multiple times at different places in Mumbai.
Bhushan Kumar’s uncle, however, said in his complaint that Pujari called Kumar several times between July 3 and July 10 telling him that if he didn’t pay, the model will lodge a rape complaint against him and he could even be killed by Pujari.
The police have booked Pujari under sections 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 500 (defamation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“We have registered the complaint and will question the named accused to find how he is related to the victim and who directed him to demand money,” said a police official from the Amboli police station.