Bollywood producer Karim Morani surrenders in rape case

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Producer Karim Morani surrendered before police on Friday night after the Supreme Court upheld the Hyderabad High Court’s decision to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to the filmmaker, accused of raping an aspiring actress.

Mr Morani was formally placed under arrest after his surrender in Hyderabad, a police officer said.

“Morani surrendered before the Hayathnagar police around midnight. After completing legal formalities, he will be produced before a court today,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (LB Nagar) M Venkateswar Rao told news agency PTI.

On September 5, the Hyderabad High Court had held as valid a lower court’s order to cancel Mr Morani’s anticipatory bail on grounds of concealment of the fact that he had been facing criminal trial in the 2G scam case and was in jail for several months.

It was alleged that Mr Morani had sedated the Delhi-based woman, raped her several times and took her nude photos between July 2015 and January 2016.

The woman, aged around 25, lodged a complaint with the Hayathnagar police under Rachakonda police commissionerate in January this year.

Following the complaint, the producer was booked under IPC sections 417 (punishment for cheating), 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and other relevant sections of the IPC.

The sessions court in Telangana had initially granted anticipatory bail to Mr Morani on January 30, but later cancelled it after being told that the producer had concealed in his bail plea his involvement in the 2G case and the fact that he was in jail in connection with it.

Karim Morani has produced the films Ra.One, Chennai Express, Happy New Year and Dilwale – all of which featured Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role.

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