Bombay High Court rejects singer Ankit Tiwari discharge plea on rape and threatening

Mumbai: In a major setback to Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tiwari, a special women’s court on Wednesday rejected the discharge application moved by the singer.

The 24-year-old singer, who rose to fame with his songs in Aashiqui 2 movie, had approached the special court last month seeking discharge from all the charges leveled against him by his alleged girlfriend.

Tiwari’s application came a few days after the special court had framed charges of rape, threatening, and criminal intimidation against him.

In his application, Tiwari had urged the court to discharge all the charges citing that his relationship with the complainant was consensual. His application had trashed the ‘never consumed liquor’ claim of the complainant as he stated that her claim cannot be believed since she was working in advertising agency.

Tiwari’s counsel had argued that the complainant had made an attempt to falsely implicate him just because he was ‘star’. His lawyer told the court that the complainant had built up the entire story and that she was ‘tutored’ by someone.

It may be recalled that Tiwari’s brother Ankur Tiwari was also booked in this case for allegedly threatening the complainant of dire consequences.

Along with Ankit, he too had filed a discharge application but the special court also dismissed his application.

With the special Judge AS Shende dismissing the discharge application, hearings in the rape case will continue from this month onwards.

It must be noted that the Bombay High Court had stayed the charges framed by the special court against the singer which were and had directed Tiwari to file his discharge application.

When asked about the grounds for the application’s dismissal, public prosecutor Kalpana Hire clarified that the court has rejected the application since the prosecution has enough evidence to prove charges against the accused.

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