‘Aashiqui 2’ singer Ankit Tiwari arrested on rape charges

Last Updated: May 08, 2014, 12:48 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Playback singer Ankit Tiwari and his brother Ankur have been arrested by the Versova police here after a woman lodged a complaint with the police against the former for allegedly molesting and raping her.

Ankit’s lawyer Nagesh Mishra said: "Ankit has not been in touch with the girl since one year and before that he was in a relationship with her for a couple of years.”

“He has been accused of rape and molestation under sections 376 (rape), 417 (cheating) and 493 (cohabitation by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code)," he added.

The woman in question is Nidhi Khanna.

"Nidhi is an advertising person. She is a divorcee and has a 12-year-old child," Mishra said.

Besides Ankit, his elder brother Ankur has also been arrested on the charges of intimidation and harassment, said a source.

Nidhi reportedly filed an FIR at Versova police station following which Ankit and Ankur were arrested and presented in Andheri magistrate's court.

Counsel Mishra said: "Ankur might get bail as the charge against him is not too serious. These are all false allegations and we will put our best foot forward to get bail for Ankit as well."

Nidhi has claimed that she married Ankit two years ago in a temple, while Ankit says they have not been in touch for the past one year.

Ankit became an overnight sensation after his number –‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ from ‘Aashiqui 2’- became an instant hit.

(With IANS inputs)