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Court convicts ‘Peepli Live’ director Farooqui of raping US researcher


Mahmood Farooqui

New Delhi: A Delhi court today convicted ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui of raping a 30-year-old US researcher last year.

Farooqui, who was out on bail, was taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the judgement. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain held Farooqui guilty of offence under section 376 (punishment of rape) of the IPC.

The court fixed the matter for hearing arguments on sentence on August 2.

The offence of rape entails a minimum of seven years rigorous jail and a maximum of imprisonment for life.

The woman, in her complaint, had alleged that Farooqui was drunk when he raped her at his house where she had gone to get his help for her research work last year.

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The police had on June 19, 2015, lodged the FIR against Farooqui on the woman’s complaint after which he was arrested.

Police had on July 29 last year filed a charge sheet against Farooqui alleging that he had raped the research scholar from Colombia University at his Sukhdev Vihar house in south Delhi on March 28 last year.

The court had on September 9, 2015, started the trial in the case after framing rape charge against Farooqui.

Timeline of rape case against ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui

Timeline of the rape case against Mahmood Farooqui (IANS)

June 19, 2015: American woman lodges FIR against ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui at New Friends Colony police station.

June 21, 2015: Delhi Police arrest Farooqui.

July 2015: Delhi Police files chargesheet against Farooqui.

September 2, 2015: Court frames rape charges against the ‘Peepli Live’ co-director.

September 9, 2015: Trial begins in rape case

October 15, 2015 : Court grants interim bail to Farooqui

July 30, 2016: Court holds Farooqui guilty of raping American woman.