Singer Rahul Jain gets pre-arrest bail in rape case
A single-judge bench of justice MS Karnik granted Jain pre-arrest bail on furnishing a personal bond of ₹25,000 and one or two sureties in the same amount. The court also took into consideration that there was delay in reporting the incident to the police
The Bombay high court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to Bollywood singer-composer Rahul Jain in a rape case registered against him after a freelance costume stylist filed a complaint.
A single-judge bench of justice MS Karnik granted Jain pre-arrest bail on furnishing a personal bond of ₹25,000 and one or two sureties in the same amount. This came after the additional public prosecutor said that the 30-year-old woman had refused to get herself medically examined and record her statement before a metropolitan magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The court also took into consideration that there was delay in reporting the incident to the police. “The incident occurred on October 18, 2020 while the FIR was filed nearly two years later on August 11, 2022,” justice Karnik said, adding Jain had cooperated with the investigators.
The Oshiwara police had booked Jain under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), and 506 (criminal intimidation, if the threat is to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code after the woman accused the singer of sexually assaulting her.
In her complaint, she said that Jain had contacted her through Instagram, claiming he liked her designs. He then called her to his house in the afternoon of October 18, 2020 under the pretext of offering her work as his personal costume designer. He then allegedly took her to his bedroom by telling her to have a look at his wardrobe and forced himself upon her, she said. The woman also told the police that when she resisted, Jain assaulted her.
Jain had, however, claimed that he did not even know the woman.