A court here Wednesday sentenced actor Shiney Ahuja to seven years in jail after he was found guilty of raping his maid in 2009.
As Judge P.M. Chauhan of the Sewri fast track sessions court delivered the judgement, Ahuja broke down in the court. The verdict came despite the maid turning hostile during the trial.
Ahuja was arrested June 15, 2009 after medical tests on the maid confirmed sexual assault. The Bombay High Court had granted him bail in October 2009.
Relying mostly on the police complaint filed against Ahuja, the court did not accept the maid’s version that she was not raped as the judge felt that she gave false evidence, Ahuja’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade told reporters outside the court.
The 20-year-old maid had in June 2009 lodged a police complaint alleging she was raped by Ahuja while she was at work at his residence, following which the actor was arrested.
In August 2009, the case was moved to a fast track court. Ahuja was granted bail in October 2009 by the Bombay High Court citing lack of evidence.
Over a year after accusing Ahuja of raping her, the maid in September 2010 told the court that the rape never took place. The medical examination in June 2009, however, confirmed rape.
She also stated before the judge that she made the serious charge against Ahuja because of pressure from a woman who introduced her to the actor.
In a 109-page chargesheet, Ahuja was accused of rape, criminal intimidation and holding his maid hostage.
In his defence, Ahuja had argued that he was being framed.