Shiney moves Bombay HC against conviction
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 21:14
  
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for raping his domestic help, on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court challenging his conviction on the ground that it was a "perverse and illegal" judgement.

Shiney maintained in the appeal that even after the victim testified under oath that neither rape nor sexual intercourse took place between them, still the lower court held him guilty.

"Apart from the girl denying the alleged offence, even the medical evidence is in negative. Evidence given by doctors, who examined Shiney and the victim, stated that there are no injuries on the girl's body. Even the semen and blood samples were negative of Shiney's DNA," the appeal stated.

Claiming that the sessions court judge committed serious error, the appeal said, "Instead of giving benefit of existing lapses in medical evidence and also in the statement of witnesses, to the accused, the judge has given the benefit to the prosecution. Not a single stain of semen and blood was found on the private parts of the girl or the accused."

The actor's appeal was admitted today and his plea for bail has been posted for hearing on April 27 by Justice A R Joshi.

"According to the testimony of a witness Rekha Mane, the girl was in a disarrayed condition and had come down running on the day of the incident. However, the CCTV footage of the building's lift lobby clearly shows the girl coming down calmly with her hair neatly combed and tied and clothes in order," the appeal claimed.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 21:14


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