Producer Morani’s anticipatory bail cancelled in rape case

Hyderabad, March 15: A city court has cancelled the anticipatory bail of Bollywood producer Karim Morani and directed him to surrender before the Hayathnagar police before March 22 in the rape case slapped on him by a 25-year-old Delhi-based woman.

Rachakonda Police Commissionerate is likely to serve a notice on Morani in a day or two asking him to surrender. However, he still has the chance to approach the High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

“The anticipatory bail has been cancelled and Morani should surrender before us by March 22. We are waiting for the order copy to reach us before we decide our future course,” said Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat.

Morani’s spokesperson had already refuted the victim’s charge terming it as “false and bogus”.

The woman, an MBA graduate with interest in films, lodged a complaint with Rachakonda Police Commissioner in January alleging that Morani had first drugged her and then violated her sexually. He later continued to exploit her by threatening to post her nude photos online if she complained to the police.

The complainant said she had met Morani at the wedding of his relative, who was her friend, in December 2014. The trouble began for her in 2015 when he allegedly called her for a party in Mumbai and continued till 2016, for over one-and-a-half years.

Based on her complaint, the Hayathnagar police registered a case against Morani under various sections.

Even as the police were conducting preliminary enquiry, Morani secured anticipatory bail from a local court on January 30.

The investigators who claim to have successfully gathered evidence against Morani, had filed a petition before the Rangareddy district Fourth Additional District Court seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail, as they had “concrete evidence” against him.

The victim produced the WhatsApp chat, text messages and emails between Morani and her as evidence in support of her complaint. The police verified the call detail record (CDR) and confirmed that Morani was at a film studio on the outskirts of Hyderabad during the period when the girl said he had summoned her to be with him.

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