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Actor Shiney Ahuja gets bail in rape case

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Updated: April 27, 2011, 12:42 PM IST
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Actor Shiney Ahuja gets bail in rape case
Shiney Ahuja was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Mumbai court on March 30, 2011.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted bail to actor Shiney Ahuja on payment of surety of Rs 50,000 to the sessions court in the rape case of his maid. While grating bail to the actor Justice AR Joshi also directed him not to leave India.

"I am grateful to God and to all my friends and family who supported me. I don't want to comment too much because the matter is sub-judice but as I said, truth will win and I am grateful for all the support, thank you," his wife Anupam Ahuja said.

Shiney Ahuja was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Mumbai court on March 30, 2011 after being found guilty of raping his maid.

Ahuja, who won the Filmfare Best Debut Award for the film 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi' in 2006, was convicted of rape, criminal intimidation and holding his maid hostage.

The maid had earlier turned hostile when called to court to identify Ahuja who was arrested in 2009 and later released on bail.

The victim's confession under section 164 before a magistrate was taken into account while convicting Ahuja.

In September 2010, the maid had backtracked from her allegations that Ahuja had raped her at his residence in Mumbai and said the incident had never occurred.

The 20-year-old girl told the court that she had filed the complaint against the actor at the behest of the woman who had secured her the job of a maid in Ahuja's residence.

Earlier, in June 2009, the girl had lodged a police complaint alleging that she was raped by the actor at his residence. Ahuja was arrested on June 14 and released on bail three months later.

On September 3, 2010 the victim had identified Ahuja in the court and said she used to work at his residence as a domestic help. But when asked about the incident, she said she was never raped.

First Published: April 27, 2011, 12:42 PM IST
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