The 'Chennai Express' producer was booked on charges of rape, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and cheating.

Film producer Karim Morani surrenders to Hyd police in rape case after SC denies bailImage: Twitter/ANI
news Crime Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:41

Bollywood producer Karim Morani has surrendered to the police in Hyderabad in connection with a rape case, hours after the Supreme Court dismissed his bail plea, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

He surrendered to the Hayathnagar police station on the city's outskirts around midnight, the police said.

The Chennai Express producer will be produced before a court later in the day.

Morani is facing the charge of raping a Delhi-based woman. The 25-year-old aspiring actor alleged that he repeatedly raped her by threatening to post her private pictures on social media.

The police had booked him in January on charges of rape, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and cheating.

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Morani's petition challenging the Hyderabad High Court's verdict cancelling his bail.

The High Court on September 5 had upheld the decision of the sessions court cancelling Morani's bail.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud asked the film producer to appear before the trial court for grant of regular bail even as senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Morani, told the court that bail could only be cancelled if there was an attempt to tamper with evidence.

The top court however refused to grant any relief to Morani, even as Rohatgi told the court that Friday (September 22) was the last day for the film producer to surrender.

"He is in Delhi, he lives in Mumbai and he has to surrender in Hyderabad," Morani’s counsel told the court.

Opposing the plea, counsel Karuna Nandi, appearing for the victim, told the court that Morani had suppressed from the trial court, the fact of his being in jail for his involvement in 2G case.

Morani's name had figured as an accused in the 2G spectrum scam in which he was allegedly involved in helping channel funds to the tune of Rs 200 crore to Tamil channel Kalaignar TV.

In the present case, Morani was booked for cheating, rape, wrongful confinement), criminal intimidation), and cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of marriage under the Indian Penal Code.

 

IANS inputs

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