Shiney Ahuja Denies Raping Maid, says 'conspiracy' to Extort Money

MUMBAI, Jul 3 (PTI): Incarcerated actor Shiney Ahuja, held on charges of raping his domestic help, on Friday pleaded for bail before a local court saying he was 
victim of a "well-hatched conspiracy" to malign and extort money from him.

The 36-year-old actor denied he had raped the 20-year-old domestic help, claiming the act was "consensual".

However, Police opposed his release and the sessions court deferred hearing of the bail plea till July 7.

The actor did not come to the court but his counsel Srikant Shivade sought time to reply to prosecution's arguments opposing Ahuja's bail.

Ahuja was arrested on June 15 after his maid accused him of raping her while they were alone at his residence in suburban Oshiwara the previous day.

Prosecutor R V Kini argued that granting bail to Ahuja at this stage might hamper probe as he was influential and might tamper with witnesses or even intimidate the victim, though her statement had been recorded by a magistrate.

He said police had a strong case against the actor on the basis of DNA and medical reports. Until the chargesheet is filed, the actor should not be released on bail, Kini submitted.

"It is a well-hatched conspiracy to malign my image and extort money from me. The victim's story of alleged rape is highly suspicious and doubtful as no external injuries were found on her person," Ahuja said in bail petition.

About nail marks found on his person, the actor said "mere presence of injury cannot convert such a sexual act into rape. Such injury is possible during sex".

Ahuja said in the bail petition that he was an upcoming actor and movies in which he was cast were held up because he was in jail. "This was causing hardship to producers, directors and co-actors".

The actor pleaded that his career was at stake. He came from a reputed family and his father was a colonel in army while mother was a teacher.

The actor's wife Anupam had denied the rape charge against him, saying her husband was innocent and was being "framed".

However, Police said DNA and medical reports of the victim and Ahuja had corroborated allegations made by the maid in FIR.

Ahuja's judicial custody has been extended till July 16. He is currently lodged in the Central Prison at Arthur Road in Central Mumbai.

The actor has been examined by a jail doctor after he told a court on Thursday that he was not keeping well. Jail sources said he is much better now and that may be feeling a little depressed.

Chief minister Ashok Chavan had said recently that the case would be committed to a fast track court soon to ensure prompt justice and promised that the victim would be rehabilitated.

Opposing the actor's bail, the police said that his family is respectable and reputed but it "does not reflect on Ahuja's loose character".

"The accused (Ahuja) has great talent but that does not make him a respectable person. If he is released on bail then it would have a huge impact on the society and the women at large, as the offence committed by him is grave and heinous," the reply filed by the police said.

It further said the actor's argument that the victim is trying to malign his image and extort money from him is "false" as the domestic help did not wait to lodge the police complaint.

"The victim approached the police immediately and lodged her complaint against the actor," Public Prosecutor R V Kini said.

The government has decided to send the case to a fast- track court and thus there would not be any delay in conclusion of the trial, he said. 


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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Jul 05 2009

    It has been reported in Daijiworld that this act of rape has been happening since one year. If this was happening since a year, then this can not be rape...!!!????

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  • Lancy M Fernandes, M lore

    Sat, Jul 04 2009

    By taking seriously the crime of a well known actor, Govt has proved that nothing of this sort will be allowed to continue. But why is that ordinary cases of rape are overlooked because they are not celebrities. the beaureaucrats need to be impartial when it comes to crimes. It is inhuman to disrespect the humanness of a Human.

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  • Cynthia Dias, Muscat, Oman

    Sat, Jul 04 2009

    I strongly agree with Michael''s comments this is not the first time a rape case has happened, why make such a huha about it, just becoz its a film star involved in it. there are cases where kids 2 or 3 years old are raped what is the police or the damn govt doing about it. This is only for fools like you and me to waste time putting comments what say :)

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  • Surendra Poojari, India

    Sat, Jul 04 2009

    Vilma...You deserve an Oscar for beautiful script. Shiney Ahuja is just accused now. You cannot tell at this point of time that he has raped the maid. Please don''t think I am supporting Shiney. If he is guilty then definitely he should be punished. Conspiracy to nail Shiney cannot be ruled out. So we need to wait and watch before passing our judgement. Best of luck for Oscar.

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  • Michael Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 04 2009

    Vinita, You are anyway the script writer..... You may have to direct and produce it as well to win an oscar. For all that we know Shiney might really be innocent. Dont jump to conclusions. You are based in Canada so, please dont behave and react like a villager. Lets wait and see what the court decides. This is not the first rape case that has taken place in history.

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  • Vilma, Canada

    Fri, Jul 03 2009

    I''ve heard that a movie is going to be made about this Shiney matter by Danny Boyle and it is going to be called "Shiney Dog Millionaire". The hero will of course be Shiney and heroine will be the maid. The story goes like this.

    Shiney comes to Mumbai and becomes an actor. He marries Mrs. Shiney but Mrs. Shiney is very shy and does not provide sex regularly as it is against her religion. So Shiney looks around and falls in love with the maid. He attempts to rape the maid. The maid too comes from a religion where sex is prohibited. She screams bloody murder and Shiney is arrested.

    Poor Shiney, all his hopes and dreams are shattered. Mrs. Shiney wakes up and realizes what she has deprived poor Shiney of and goes around protesting his innocence. Then finally the maid comes to Shiney''s rescue and saves him from prison. Shiney is so grateful that he dumps his wife and marries the maid. (Don''t forget there are many songs and dances in between this story).

    P.S. This is the same kind of story that is enjoyed by millions of Indians. It will win an Oscar just you wait and see. Shiney will come out shining in the end.

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  • Vidya, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 03 2009

    Shiney Ahuja is getting a good dose on the difference between reel acting and real life. Being an actor, Shiny must have thought that he would go free after this heinous crime like the villain of the movies. Come down to real world Shiny and face the music. In the present world of DNA, it is not difficult to can a culprit. As to the ‘Well-hatched conspiracy’ theory, this man is not Bill Clinton and the poor maid is not Monica Lewinsky.

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