New Delhi: Mahmood Farooqui, the 2010 Bollywood film Peepli Live’s co-director, was on Monday acquitted of rape charges by the Delhi High Court. Farooqui was convicted of raping an American research scholar from Columbia University on July 30, 2016 by a lower court.
The woman had alleged that the writer-director had raped her in a drunken state. The lower court had convicted him and he was sentenced to serve seven years in prison. He was also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.
Farooqui appealed against his conviction and during the hearing on Monday, the Delhi High Court raised concerns over the credibility of the rape charges.
During the arguments, Farooqui’s lawyer denied the allegation of rape levelled by the woman and said “no such incident took place on that day”. “In a relationship when people are attracted to each other, things do happen. But it does not mean it’s rape,” Farooqui had said.
He also added that the “woman’s version is also contradictory to the documentary evidence.”
It was on June 19, 2015, when the police had lodged an FIR against Farooqui on the woman’s complaint, after which he was arrested. Then on July 29, 2015, the police had filed its chargesheet against Farooqui that alleged he had raped the woman from Columbia University on March 28, 2015 at his Sukhdev Vihar house in South Delhi.