(File Photo: Ankit Tiwari at a friends wedding)
(File Photo: Ankit Tiwari at a friends wedding)

Mumbai : On Thursday, the counsel of Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tiwari urged the special women’s court to discharge off the rape charges leveled against the singer. The special Judge A S Shende pulled up the singer’s counsel and asked him to argue only on the facts of the charge sheet. The court then reserved its orders till June 1.

After being pulled up by the special judge, Tiwari’s counsel Mahesh Vaswani started arguments countering the charge sheet and the FIR filed by the victim in April 2014.

Referring to the statements of the victim in which she has stated that she offered ‘hard-drinks’ by Tiwari during the night of the incident, Vaswani argued that the complainant has nowhere in her statements mentioned the kind of hard drink which she was given. He also argued that since the complainant works in an ad agency, it cannot be said that she was not familiar with hard-drinks.

He said that the hard-drinks which all the witnesses and even the police has mentioned in its charge sheet, was never termed as ‘alcohol’ and that the said drinks were bought by the victim since she was the host of the party in her house where the alleged rape incident occurred.

Countering her claims that Tiwari had married her by applying vermilion (sindoor) on her forehead, Vaswani said that the complainant is a divorcee and is familiar with the process of marriage so she should understand that mere applying vermilion doesn’t make it marriage.

He argued that if the complainant had realised that she was being raped then why did she not file an FIR on the next day of the incident. He told the court that the complainant had not undergone even a single medical test since the alleged incident.

Contrary to the complainant’s allegations that when she had called Tiwari on phone regarding the incident he had threatened her not to discuss the incident with anyone else he would post her video on social platforms, Vaswani told the court that the complainant never mentioned what kind of video it was and also that the police too has failed to recover any such video.

Citing that his client (Tiwari) is a star and famous, the complainant has built up a story after being ‘tutored’ by someone.

Kalpana Hire, the additional public prosecutor in this case, said that the application of the vermilion was an ‘assurance’ of the accused. She strongly opposed the discharge application saying that at this stage when the prosecution has enough material to frame charges against the accused, the court should reject the discharge application.

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