Indian Filmmaker Acquitted of Rape Charges

Mahmood Farooqui was held guilty of raping a US citizen by a sessions court in 2016 but the Peepli Live co-director challenged the guilty verdict in the Delhi high court

US researcher rape case: 'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui acquitted by Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Monday acquitted Bollywood film "Peepli Live" co-director Mahmood Farooqui in a rape case.

On 19 June 2015, The police has lodged n FIR against Mahmood on the woman's complaint after which he was arrested.

In July last year, the trial court had found him guilty of the offence-, sentencing him to 7 years imprisonment and ordering a fine of Rs50,000 to be imposed on him, for payment to the victim.

The incident that Farooqui was accused of allegedly happened on March 28, 2015, when an American citizen of Indian origin complained to the police that she was raped by Farooqui at his Sukhdev Vihar residence in New wDelhi.

Following that, Farooqui had also appealed against his seven-year jail term. Post that, Mahmood Farooqui tried to prove his innocence and challenged the verdict in the Delhi high court.

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Farooqui co-directed it with his journalist-turned-filmmaker wife, Anusha Rizvi.

According to reports, the two were at a party where Farooqui had reportedly gotten drunk and taken her to a different room in the house and raped her.

The argument was opposed by Delhi Police's counsel who had said that rape had taken place and the trial court had given reasons while convicting and sentencing 45-year-old Farooqui.

Earlier, a fast track court on July 30, 2016, had held Farooqui guilty of rape and had stated that the statement of the victim was of "sterling quality" with no embellishments or improvements. "But it does not mean it's rape", he had said, adding that the "woman's version is also contradictory to the documentary evidence".

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