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No relief for Bhandarkar in Preeti Jain rape case

Source: PTI
November 11, 2009 20:12 IST
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Trouble seems to be far from over for filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar with a local court on Wednesday saying it will conduct an inquiry into rape charges by aspiring actress Preeti Jain against the filmmaker who, however, is unlikely to face arrest.

The Andheri metropolitan magistrate court, while rejecting the adverse report by the police, said it would conduct an inquiry into the case and record Jain's statement on December 22.

The court observed that Bhandarkar need not be arrested in the case.

The police had submitted the 'B' summary report stating that Jain's complaint is false and lacks evidence.

In July 2004, Jain had lodged a complaint alleging that Bhandarkar had raped her several times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of marrying her and casting her as actress in his movies.

"The court's order rejecting the report is a stamp on the genuineness of my case," Jain told reporters outside the court.

"The magistrate will now look into the evidences of the case," said Jain's lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman.

Three-time National Award-winning Bhandarkar is known for realistic movies like Chandni Bar, Page 3 and Traffic Signal. His latest movie Jail, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mugdha Godse released a week ago.

Bhandarkar could not be reached for comments.
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