Mumbai: Madhur Bhandarkar has been granted anticipatory bail in Preeti Jain rape case, on surety of Rs 30, 000. But he is not permitted to travel outside the country.
The next date of the hearing is scheduled on November 29.
The scandal rocked Madhur’s life way back in 2004. It must be recalled that last month, the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrates Court directed National Award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar to appear on November 14.
Reportedly, the court was offended with Madhur’s absence on the day he was supposed to appear before at Andheri Metropolitan Court i.e, Oct 18th. So, he was ordered to appear on Nov 14 as the court observed prima facie that a case was clearly made out against him.
However, sources said that about his nonattendance on the last date, Madhur sought exemption through his lawyer Shrikant Shivde claiming he had prior commitments which could not be changed.
But the alleged victim Preeti Jain’s lawyers Sushan Kunjuraman took objection to the director’s absence and told the court that in a criminal case, an accused has to come and obey the court. “I strongly object as the accused had a month on him. He should have come, especially in a rape case, it is not tenable,” said Kunjuraman.
The case dates back to July 2004 when Jain, a model, had lodged a complaint with the Versova police against Bhandarkar, alleging he had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 after false promises of casting her in his films. The case was almost disposed off in May 2007, when the Versova police filed a ‘B’ summary report stating there was no evidence to support Jain’s allegations.
However, Jain had filed an application in court requesting further investigation which was accepted. In 2009, the police again filed a report, which said Jain’s complaint was false and lacked evidence. But the court rejected the report and said it would conduct an inquiry in the case.
We have been following a close tab on the state of affairs and will keep you posted about latest updates as the case unfolds.