Producer Karim Morani’s anticipatory bail in rape case is cancelled, asked to surrender on March 22

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A Hyderabad court on Tuesdaycancelled the anticipatory bail of Bollywood producer Karim Morani and directed him to surrender before the Hayathnagar police before March 22 in the rape case slapped on him by a 25-year-old Delhi-based woman.

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Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat told a section of media, “The anticipatory bail has been cancelled and Morani should surrender before us by March 22. We are waiting for the order copy to reach us before we decide our future course.”

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The woman, an MBA graduate with interest in films, lodged a complaint with Rachakonda Police Commissioner in the third week of January alleging that Morani had first drugged her and then violated her sexually. He later continued to exploit her by threatening to post her nude photos online if she complained to the police. The complainant said she had met Morani at the wedding of his relative, who was her friend, in December 2014. The trouble began for her in 2015 when he allegedly called her for a party in Mumbai and continued till 2016, for over one-and-a-half years.

Based on her complaint, the Hayathnagar police registered a case against Morani under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage), 417 (cheating) and Section 354C of the Criminal Law Amendment Act (popularly known as Nirbhaya Act).

The victim produced the WhatsApp chat, text messages and emails between Morani and her as evidence in support of her complaint. The police verified the call detail record (CDR) and confirmed that Morani was at a famous film studio on the outskirts of Hyderabad during the period when the girl said he had summoned her to be with him.

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