Fenil and Bollywood

Posts Tagged ‘swati deshpande

‘MY MAN IS INNOCENT’: Anupam Ahuja, wife of actor Shiney Ahuja, comes out of court on Thursday after her husband was granted bail

Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 2, 2009)

Mumbai: “He never admitted it was consensual sex,’’ said Anupam Ahuja, Shiney’s wife as she recalled the day of his arrest when their world exploded in “all directions.’’ “I had flown down from Delhi and saw him only in court. When his face was unmasked for the first time, he searched around for his family and on seeing me gave an ‘imperceptible shake’. I immediately knew he was being framed. He is innocent and time will prove that,’’ said Anupam.

For the family the bail order has come as an emotional high. “I can now go back and sleep without worrying,’’ Anupam told TOI in a long
post-bail chat. “Its our daughter Arshiya who got her papa home. It was her birthday on September 28. She was in Delhi with her grandparents since June. But a day before her birthday, I felt she should be in Mumbai and since she has come, she has brought good luck,’’ smiled Anupam.

“Shiney is an introvert and a family man. He would come home every evening and play with Arshiya or we would all go for walks, movies. He even cancelled parties if Arshiya, who has turned two, would just say ‘papa’,’’ she added.

What about alleged differences between the two? Anupam laughed, “I was in the US for two years, but Shiney encouraged my work. We
would together read stories about our failing marriage and laugh. But yes this incident has brought us together like never before.’’

Anupam’s grouse is that the laws are gender-skewed. “The law cannot be a weapon in the hands of a woman,’’ she said, adding “I say this with responsibility because I am a woman who has a daughter.’’

There are more questions left unaswered for the Ahujas. “We are still asking ourselves, how and why this (the charge) is happening? The lawyers said there are lots of inconsistencies. And we have a lot of blessings from our neighbours and other maids in the building where we have lived for six years,’’ she smiled.

Family ecstatic, film industry cautious
Bharati Dubey | TNN

Mumbai: Shiney Ahuja’s family can’t wait to see him and plans to visit a temple first. Wife Anupam said: “The first thing I want to do when Shiney comes back is hold my daughter in my arms and open the door for him. I’m not even thinking of what to cook, though his favourite is paneer and paranthas. His mother plans to make kheer.” The forced shift to Delhi also did not seem to matter much: “We began our lives there, we will simply go back home.’’

But the film industry is cautious.
Director Anurag Basu said, “The charges are serious and the industry will wait for the decision first.’’ Pritish Nandy, who is waiting for Shiney to complete his film Accident feels it will be time before the actor re-establishes himself. He added, “I will start shooting when he is up to it.’’ Nandy has two days of shooting left with Shiney, which he will do in Delhi. Producer Vinod Pande, for whose film Chalo Movie Shiney has to complete the dubbing, said, “I was not aware Shiney has been externed from the city, nevertheless I can get the dubbing done online.’’
Advertisements

Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 2, 2009)


Mumbai: Three-and-a-half months after he was arrested for allegedly raping his maid in his own bedroom, actor Shiney Ahuja won bail from the Bombay high court on Thursday after his lawyer argued that there were inconsistencies in the rape complaint. He was, however, asked to leave Mumbai and stay in Delhi until he is required for the trial.


The 36-year-old actor’s jail stay will not end for at least another day. As the court order and the subsequent paperwork was not complete by the end of office hours and thanks to the holiday for Gandhi Jayanti on Friday, Shiney will finally step of Arthur Road jail only on Saturday, said his lawyers.


Apart from setting a bail amount of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the same amount, Justice A P Deshpande said the actor should surrender his passport and warned him against offering inducement to witnesses, directly or indirectly, and tampering with evidence.

Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 1, 2009)

Mumbai: Shiney Ahuja’s legal team tried to create more holes in his alleged victim’s claim that she was raped between 3 pm and 5 pm in his Andheri house on June 14.

The Bombay high court on Wednesday was hearing the bail plea of actor Shiney Ahuja who
is accused of raping his domestic help. The court will pass its order on Friday.

Though the domestic help claimed to be raped between 3 pm and 5 pm, the records from the phone company showed that she was speaking on her cellphone between 3.15 pm and 3.45 pm, said Shiney’s
lawyers Shirish Gupte and Srikant Shivade on Wednesday.

The fact that the girl only mentioned the word “atyachar (torture)’’ in her statement on oath before the magistrate and not “rape’’ was also discussed. Justice A P Deshpande asked for the dictionary meaning of atyachar and Gupte said it, in
no way, meant rape. But public prosecutor Sangeeta Shinde said the 20-year-old domestic help’s FIR and medical evidence pointed at rape and that atyachar had to be construed in the context of the incident.

The judge found it strange that neither the girl’s nor Shiney’s clothes had semen or blood stains on them given that she
had worn her clothes “immediately after the alleged forcible sexual intercourse’’. The defence also wanted to know how the police officer had access to lab reports of the maid’s vaginal swabs when the same documents were denied to Ahuja by the sessions judge.

When the judge asked why the police had not recorded any statement of the neighbours, the state’s lawyer said, “In these sophisticated housing societies, neighbours do not bother to interfere even if someone dies.’’ The judge said it was not true as it was a neighbour who took the maid to the police station to lodge a complaint.

Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 30, 2009)


Mumbai: He’s a “small-time actor’’, and while he may be no “saint’’, he’s “no rapist’’ either. This is what actor Shiney Ahuja’s lawyers said, seeking bail pending trial on charges of raping his 20-year old maid at his Andheri home one morning.


In a fresh bid for freedom after spending more than 100 days in jail, the 35-yearold actor–through his counsel Shirish Gupte along with Shrikant Shivade–said the “victim has not even used the word ‘rape’ in her statement to the magistrate regarding the June 14 incident’’. She “had no external injuries, creating doubts over her claim that she resisted him’’, they said. The complainant had called Ahuja many times from her cellphone the pre
vious night, said Gupte.


Forensic experts have said earlier that the absence of external injuries did not mean there was no rape. A woman could be forced into the act by the threat of violence, experts reasoned.


The panchnama noted that when he was arrested on June 15, Ahuja’s left wrist and right little finger had a “nail mark’’ which the actor claimed were sustained while he was working out, and not from the victim’s nails.


The DNA analysis showed no profile was obtained from the victim’s vulval swab, but did find some evidence to match Ahuja’s “control blood component’’ in one of her smear slides. “The reports fail to conclusively establish rape,’’ Ahuja’s plea said, suggesting it was “a consensual act’’.


Saying bail was a rule and not an exception as held in numerous Supreme Court judgements, Gupte said even medical evidence had “little against the actor’’. There was “no semen and blood’’
found on the victim in the panchanama on his or her clothes and at the scene of offence, he added.


Ahuja’s bail was rejected by the sessions court in July on the grounds that he may tamper with the witness because he was “rich and influential’’. But Gupte said: “How is he influential? He has just made his name in a few films. Besides she stays in Raigad district and will only come for the trial. He doesn’t know where she is.’’


The written bail plea, however, describes Ahuja as a “well-known film personality, having won several professional awards… with roots in society’’.


The hearing will continue in the court of Justice A P Deshpande on Wednesday, when the prosecutor will oppose the bail plea.


The maid had narrated the entire incident of “forcible sexual intercourse’’ to neighbours Adarsh Gupta and Sanjeet Kaur. The neighbours then took her to the police station at Oshiwara to file the complaint.

Wanted

Swati Deshpande I TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 10, 2009)


Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed film producer Boney Kapoor to release his film Wanted (actor Prabhudeva’s directorial debut and a Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia-starrer) on its scheduled release date of September 18 against a deposit of Rs 2 crore in court within a week.


Kapoor had, through his lawyers Mukul Rohtagi and Ameet Naik, rushed to the apex court against a Bombay high court order directing him to furnish Rs 10 crore as security deposit in his dispute with B4U group. The high court had restrained Kapoor from creating third-party rights in respect of five films being produced by him, including Wanted. Taking the HC order to mean that Wanted would be left wanting a re
lease, he moved the SC in appeal. The apex court clarified that he could release the film.


Kapoor had signed an MoU with a B4U company in September 2006 for a joint venture to produce films. As Kapoor was in a debt trap and the JV understanding was still being discussed, LMB (a B4U group company) executed an agreement in August 2007 and extended an advance of Rs 10 crore to acquire rights of Kapoor’s five films. But the price of the five films was not fixed and Kapoor said he and B4U were unable to reach any joint-venture understanding. Kapoor’s claim was that he had to produce films to get out of his debt trap and “in the absence of any funds from B4U, he joined hands with Sahara and produced Wanted’’.


Aggrieved at Kapoor’s act, B4U filed a petition in December 2008 after more than a year to secure its claim of Rs 10 crore. The HC in February dismissed the petition on the grounds of delay, but allowed B4U to move before a sole arbitrator, who also dismissed B4U’s petition. Against the arbitration, B4U filed an appeal in the HC and succeeded. The HC directed Kapoor to deposit Rs 10 crore and not create further assignments.


Senior counsel Ashok Desai appearing for B4U did not object to the film’s release, but wanted Rs 10 crore deposited. Kapoor said that since it was just one film’s release, Rs 2 crore would be appropriate at this stage. Kapoor’s petition will be heard on September 29.


Advertisements