The much awaited trial for rape charges against the Bollywood Actor Shiney Ahuja is soon to begin. The first hearing will take place on March 6, 2010. Ahuja, 36 was charged for raping his 20 year old domestic help on June 15 last year at his Oshiwara residence.
The Oshiwara police station had filed a 109 page charge sheet including the forensic report, statement of the victim and other documents in June last year after the maid filed a complaint alleging rape.
This case was committed to a Fast track court after Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Ashok Chavan promised a speedy trial in this particular matter. The court was set up on August 27, 2009 for speedy proceedings.
The charges against the actor were framed on Feb 15 by a Fast track court in Sewri. He was charged under IPC sections 376 (rape), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation). He has pleaded not guilty and will try to prove his innocence in the court of law.
The actor had denied the allegations and had stood by his statement that at the most the act can be categorised as consensual sex but not something as extreme as rape. The accused is out on bail. He was granted liberty by the Mumbai High Court on the condition that he would remain in Delhi so as to avoid contact with the victim.
This case had attracted a lot of media attention and is again expected to generate a lot of heat when the hearings take place.